Stars: Lily James / Jack Huston / Matt Smith /
Release Date: 2016-02-04
Production Companies: Lionsgate, Handsomecharlie Films, Cross Creek Pictures,
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Summary
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.
The movie strives to be both scary and funny but winds up being neither.
The bottom line is that Burr Steers' adaptation is unlikely to please any audience regardless of what they're looking for.
This is a perfect film for our mash-up/viral culture in which short, clever, easily digestible bits of entertainment are passed along giddily from friend to friend. But most shareable YouTube videos run a couple minutes. "Zombies" is much, much longer.
An unexpected and off-kilter treat, thanks to a BBC-quality cast and (un)deadpan humor.
Maybe someone else can crack the code to the ultimate Austen mash-up when the inevitable "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" adaption comes along.