{Movie Review} Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

February 7, 2016 Movie Review 15

pride and prejudice and zombiesTitle: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 1hr 48mins
Genre: Action, Horror, Romance
Director: Burr Steers
Starring: Lily James | Sam Riley| Douglas Booth | Jack Huston

Marianne’s Review:

Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books. I absolutely love Mr. Darcy (I mean… he’s my book husband) and Elizabeth is one of my favorite female heroines. That being said, I had a lot of expectations going into Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as it incorporated two things that I loved: Pride and Prejudice… and zombies.

I had read the book previous to seeing the movie, so I was excited because I enjoyed the book so much. I’ve got to say that I did not leave the movie theater disappointed! I won some tickets to the movie premiere, and I was so afraid that this would be another case of “Book Adaptation Gone Wrong” but that was not the case at all!

It starts off giving us a small introduction to how the “zombie problem” came about, and I’m so glad for this because I don’t think the book ever goes this into depth on this issue. It didn’t feel like info dumping, and was so interesting!

I think the casting here was so amazing! Lily James was such a great Elizabeth Bennet. She could portray Elizabeth’s strong character both in a battle against zombies and a battle of wits. Her acting never seemed forced or fake, and I really loved her as the protagonist for this movie.

Mr. Darcy… excuse me while I dissolve into a puddle of fangirl. Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy was…. awesome. When he first appears in screen, he’s a total badass. The more you get to know him, the more you actually love him. Sam Riley did such a great job at portraying the socially-awkward Darcy. He was so adorably awkward at times you couldn’t help but chuckle.

You awkwardly cinnamon roll… <3

I absolutely fell in love with the secondary characters, especially Charles Bingley, and [surprisingly] Mr. Collins! Bingley was an adorable character, full of innocence and charm while Mr. Collins was both highly unlikable and freaking hilarious at the same time. I loved the way both actors interpreted their characters, as they gave them a new and original portrayal that made me fall in love with the story even more.

 

I loved the way the movie was scripted! It was different than the book, in the fact that they made it funnier and more action-packed by cutting some scenes or reinterpreting them to fit the narrative better. I really didn’t mind the changes they made to the book because it made the movie so much more in a way.

In terms of book accuracy… well it really isn’t that accurate to the book. BUT I DIDN’T MIND IT AT ALL. I think the book is wonderful because it had the same Austen feel as the original novel, but the movie was smart in the way they made the changes to the story. You have something as amazing as zombies that you can’t HELP but exploit it in the movie. And the zombie aspect was so delightful and action-packed, that I’m so glad that there was more focus on them here in the movie.

ZOMBIE

The pacing was fast and there was never a dull moment. Between the zombie plague, and the romance, and the amazing characters, I was thoroughly entertained the whole time I was watching the movie. My verdict? I’m definitely watching it again!

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
four-stars
Overall: 4.3

Jennifer’s Review:

Merely hours after having watched this movie, I can’t stop thinking about everything I saw. (And four days later, it’s still the same) It’s invaded every corner of my brain like a welcomed parasite, and exceeded all expectations.

I only knew that Lily James and Matt Smith were part of the cast, but had no idea about the rest. But after having watched it, I can say with certainty that they were all extremely great actors that portrayed their characters so well. Mr. Darcy! He was so brooding and awkwardly cute. I wasn’t very sure of him (Sam Riley) from what I saw in the trailer, but once he appeared in his first scene, I fell in love. This Darcy had the charm and qualities of our beloved original character, with added traits that made him deadlier but very much endearing. I was constantly swooning in the movie.

Same gif as above, but who cares. Have more Darcy <3

Matt Smith was wonderful as Mr. Collins as well! It was so much that I even detested the lovable interpreter of the Eleventh Doctor. But I loved how Matt put new elements into his character as to have him be cute and dorky from time to time that, ultimately, made Mr. Collins more tolerable and like an adorable puppy. Lily James was magnificent as our badass Elizabeth Bennett and couldn’t imagine anyone else doing it. The acting of everyone was so natural that you couldn’t help but feel inside the movie as if it was something real and not fiction. 

As some may know, Pride and Prejudice is not a story with much action. I was somewhat dubious of this movie because, even though it had zombies, I knew they would have to come up with something to make it more interesting, and it did not disappoint. Marianne finished P&P&Z before I did, and she mentioned that after a ball at Netherfield, many things changed from the Zombie book, and the original plot by Jane Austen. It deviated in many things, yet maintaining the essence of the story in what happens to our dearly beloved characters. However, many other things were very stressing, and scary, that made you doubt if it would be a happy ending or not. I can say with certainty that I hate Mr. Wickham even more. Grr.

An ever-present theme in the movie is the empowerment of women in this zombie-infested world where women are admired as warriors of deadly arts as much as being a civilized member of society. I deeply enjoyed this aspect that gives even more value to characters from the Bennet sisters to Lady Catherine de Bourge. Other elements that were appreciated through the movie was the lighting in the scenes. Pride and Prejudice normally had a light-hearted feeling to it, and this version kept some of it while also changing to somber and darker shades that only added to the imminent horror of the undead. And the score! Perfect and annoying when it scared the living daylight out of me. I need to buy it with the movie asap. 

PPZ is a movie that can be enjoyed by all types of public, from Austen fans/purists, zombie fans, and action-hungry peps. In the screening I went to there were people of all ages, from kids to even elderly! It was great to see and hear the agreements on being satisfied with the movie. And, advice, stay one or two minutes after the movie ends. There’s an added scene that will have your eyes peeling away and leave you panting for a sequel.

My verdict is that this is the best movie ever, and I am raving about it to everyone and buy it and love it forever <3

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.4
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  • Soudha Parsan

    Okay first off, this poster is really cool. I have to say I was a little surprised by the rating. I’d assumed the movie would be a lot bloodier. Then again I haven’t read the book so I can’t really say if it had more violence. It’s going to be a while before the movie is released in my country, but as soon as it comes out I’m definitely going to watch it because I know I’m going to have a blast. I really enjoyed both reviews, so great job ladies 🙂

    http://ofstacksandcups.blogspot.com/

    • I haven’t finished the book yet (have been busy reading college stuff) but the book is less bloodier and with less action than in the movie, since in movies you need to hold the attention of the viewer. But both hold their own charm in different ways. I hope you enjoye it whenever you watch it! And thanks for reading and commenting <3

  • shootingstarsmag

    Glad to see you both loved this one! My sister saw it today and really loved it – she’s never read the book but she likes Pride and Prejudice. She said she’d see it again with me, because I DO want to see it. I’ll admit I haven’t read the book (but it sounds like you don’t have too so that’s good) but I also haven’t read Pride and Prejudice. hah Maybe I’ll be included to after seeing the film, despite it being very different from the original with zombies and whatnot. I HAVE read Persuasion by Austen though so I’m not entirely uncivilized. 😉

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • No worries, I love Pride and Prejudice yet haven’t read the original book yet xD I’m so glad your sister loved it, and I hope you too 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting <3

    • No worries, I love Pride and Prejudice yet haven’t read the original book yet xD I’m so glad your sister loved it, and I hope you too 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting <3

  • I’m happy you both enjoyed it! I listed to a podcast review and the two reviewers said that the acting and casting were amazing but that the zombies and regency-England story never meshed together. I still want to see this one, but I’ve got to get my hands on the book first! (I wonder why they decided to make it more serious than the book)

  • I have always absolutely sworn by the fact that I would never read this book, because I don’t really agree with the whole ‘let’s mess up these perfect classics with paranormal elements and take credit for it’ thing that this, and all the others have done (like Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters and Vampire Little Women or whatever – there’s even A ROMEO AND JULIET ONE). So I’ve never read it, and don’t really have an interest in reading it, either.

    And then when I heard the movie was coming out, I was just like: UGH, NO. But I’ve seen you two flailing over it on Twitter and IG and Facebook, and now … I kinda want to see it? I mean, if I went in KNOWING what it’s gonna be, and that it’s not going to be my darling P&P (2005), I might actually enjoy it? Who knows. I’ll wait for it on DVD and then decide. XD But if I DO pick it up, know it was because of these lovely reviews! <3

  • Ack! I want to watch this one so bad!

  • Oooh, I saw the trailer for this and it looked pretty B grade, so I might wait for it to come out on DVD. I love how you say it stayed close to the characters and that women are empowered to take care of the zombie apocalypse in this one, which is what I think would be great! I also can’t wait to see the new characters in this sense too.k Lovely review Jen!

    • I didn’t pay much attention to the movie before it came out, and totally agree with the trailer lol I hope you like it, and thanks for reading! <3

    • I didn’t pay much attention to the movie before it came out, and totally agree with the trailer lol I hope you like it, and thanks for reading! <3

  • Your glowing reviews REALLY make me want to see this movie too!! I love P&P and can’t wait to see how they did it with zombies incorporated xD Great reviews, ladies!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

  • Karen

    I think we’re seeing this one tomorrow. Most of the reviews were pretty harsh but I think it looks fun.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • I’ve seen a variety of opinions on the movie, so I suppose it depends a lot on what people like and dislike. A friend of mine disliked it for the same reason I loved it (said there was too much romance lol). I hope you enjoyed it if you went to see it already 🙂