Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has charged into movie theaters, nationwide. Is it any good though? Check out our review!
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, or PPZ, is a re-telling of the old Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. The movie takes place in a time similar to that of Pride and Prejudice but the environment is quite different. PPZ places you in a world where a zombie outbreak has taken over the world. In an effort to save humanity, the King divided the country of England into a few domains and separated them with a wall and a massive chasm. If you’ve seen the anime Attack On Titan, it’s a lot like that.
Our story revolves, mainly, around the Bennet Family. The Bennets consist of five daughters Elizabeth (Lily James), Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia, Mary, Kitty. Due to trying times, their father, Mr. Bennet (Charles Dance), insists on having them become warrior women. Instead of being the traditional wife society says they should be. While the story is about the zombie apocalypse, they also bring in the sociological plot of the Bennet parents trying to find husbands for their daughters. This plot opens up a whole new dimension to the story as it thrusts the daughters into a horrifying ordeal.
Despite the popular belief that this is a zombie movie, it’s actually rather tame. There is hardly any blood, gore, or violence. They do a good with the zombie make up but at the end of the day it really is the calmest zombie film, I’ve ever seen. In most films of this genre, you witness the beginning or you see them all dealing with the fall of mankind. That’s not really the case in PPZ. Almost everyone seems prepared, and there isn’t much shock when a zombie appears. In fact, there isn’t much of the terror factor, in PPZ. It’s actually more funny than scary.
The unbalance of horror/humor may be attributed to the fact that the film is only 107 minutes long. In today’s movies, that’s not a lot of time to do much. Which explains why it’s not only balance that’s the problem but also continuity. To PPZ’s credit, they do a pretty good job of continuity, in the first half. The scene and story flowed together pretty well. However, in the second half, it got sloppy. For example, there is a moment where one of the main characters is talking to the other about fighting in London. The next scene is a flash of him fighting there. Then, the other main character goes back home only to find out the main bad guy has kidnapped a family member, off camera. So, the main character goes to this battleground away from London and finds the other main character there fighting. This is just one of the many annoyingly jarring moments.
One of the brighter spots of PPZ is the casting. I actually like most of them. Lily James’ Elizabeth seemed forced, in the beginning. Although, that fades pretty quickly as she becomes much more likable. The other main, Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), is quite the badass when it comes to the skill of zombie killing. One note, though, they call him colonel, early on, but that gradually gets dropped. Not sure why. Anywho, the man that stole the whole show was none other than Parson Collins (Matt Smith). He was by far the best part of this movie. He’s funny, charming, obnoxious, and wonderfully effeminate!
On the other hand the antagonist was mediocre, at best. The problem is, you just don’t get much of him when he finally is revealed to be the antagonist. This ends up limiting a rather formidable enemy. The audience just doesn’t have enough time to care about him. Furthermore, his “4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse” don’t even do anything until the easter egg after credits scene and even that’s not much. It almost seemed like the studio or director figured they’d just cover it in the sequel. Meanwhile, the audience gets cheated out having a really incredible scene..
Overall, PPZ does a decent job in mixing elements from both the Pride and Prejudice genre and the zombie film franchise, in order to create a mediocre mess of a movie. It’s not one that I’d recommend to be seen in theaters. If anything, wait until FX, unavoidingly, picks it up and watch it there.