Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) – Film Review

Uninspiring something or other


Director Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud (2010) brings us this alternate take on the world of Jane Austen.  You see many of the characters you know and love but they inhabit an alternative universe where zombies are threatening to take over England.  The Bennet sisters have been trained to be lethal with sword and musket but still face pressure to marry to secure their future.  Much excitement is caused when a certain Mr Bingley (Douglas Booth) enters the neighbourhood with his more serious friend Mr Darcy (Sam Riley).

I have to admit to suffering a little bit of writers block with this movie review.  I don’t have a lot to say.  It’s biggest problem is the that the Darcy and Elizabeth (Lily James) pairing doesn’t work.  If you don’t get this right then the film doesn’t have much of a chance.  James I can see as Elizabeth but Riley is a charisma free zone and you just can’t see the two being an item.  The rest if the cast is forgettable  and while it was kinda fun to see zombies heads being blown to bits this film desperately needs a sense of humour.  I think it was trying too hard to be serious when it really needed to show a little more ankle.  You’re going in with a 15 rating so live a little.  I would have ditched more of the lines from the novel and replaced them with something a little more modern and knowing.  You know when I said the cast was forgettable I would like to apologise to Matt Smith as Parson Collins who is the one piece of comic relief in the film and had me warming to the film for his all too brief scenes.

So go and watch Deadpool if its violence and fun you want this weekend.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will leave you colder than the grave it crept out of.  Not much else to say … you know … it’s a film and stuff happens and a barely disguised twist thing fails to inject any excitement.  My rating 2/5.


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