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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Review by CJ

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Director:
Burr Steers

Starring:
Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston

Other notable appearances:
Lena Headey, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, Suki Waterhouse

Running time:
108 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, Pride and Prejudice with gore

 

Elizabeth Bennet (James) is a young lady in the 19th century who is skilled in the arts of decorum, literature and zombie defence. Can Elizabeth and her four sisters please both of their parents by marrying well and staying alive during a mounting zombie invasion?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a thoroughly enjoyable film and easily the best (albeit only) adaptation of a Jane Austen novel I have seen.

I loved Lily James in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I primarily know James from her role as the titular character in Cinderella (2015) and she is just as fantastic while portraying Elizabeth Bennet. Whether showing class or kicking arse, James is a delight to watch.

I did read the plot of Pride and Prejudice (thanks, Wikipedia) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does seem to adhere closely to the source material — just with a lot more zombies. As one would hope if you’re going to tack “and zombies” onto the end of something.

Aside from the cheesiness that the zombies introduce to the plot, the characters are still well developed enough to make the viewer feel for them at their low points and cheer for them at their high points.

Make sure to stick around for a credits sequence that is to die for. Or undie for, as would be the case.

If you like action movies with a bit of gore, a generous helping of the undead and a sprinkle of cheesy laughs, look no further. There is pride, there is prejudice and there are zombies — all in all it’s one heck of a good time.

Rating:
4 Cheese

“I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring.”
“For the right man, you would.”
“The right man wouldn’t ask me to.”

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