Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Running Time: 1hr 48mins
Genre: Action, Horror, Romance
Director: Burr Steers
Starring: Lily James | Sam Riley| Douglas Booth | Jack Huston
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 ❤