Is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Worth Your Money?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Director: Burr Steers
Writers: Burr Steer (screenplay), Seth Grahame-Smith (book), Jane Austin (book)
Stars: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, and Charles Dance
Zombies are to Millennials what slashers were to Gen X’ers. By the end of the 80’s the slasher sub-genre was burning out quickly and had became a parody of itself. While the zombie craze is a bit different in nature, I certainly see it following a similar path. Simply putting it, we’re coming due for a collective zombie burn out.
Since 2000 zombie movies have been more hit than miss. The most popular of the new millennium have been comedies (or to use the popular portmanteau “Zomedies”) rather than horror. Examples would be movies like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Fido, and now Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quite frankly, while being fun, they really don’t compare to Romero’s Dead Trilogy, or films like Return of the Living Dead, and Cemetery Man as they’re in a completely different vein.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a fun film. It didn’t take itself too seriously, and it didn’t go completely overboard with schlocky gimmicks. It toed the line of fun and ultimately forgettable movies like I Love You Man, The Internship, and Tropic Thunder.
This movie is exactly what it sounds like. It’s literally Pride and Prejudice set in an alternate world that is in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Mr. Darcy plays the role of a skilled zombie hunter, and the Bennet girls have all been trained in martial arts by Shaolin monks. It should go without saying that this movie is brimming with ass-kickery.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was honestly far better than I expected. I don’t think it’s really worth theater money though. My humble opinion is that you can wait till it comes out on home video.