What happens when zombies invade the old English countryside and bring on the apocalypse? There's a whole lot of murder, mayhem and proper manners. I love Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen. I've watched the movie and I've enjoyed reading the book - it's a classic that must be read. But mix in a horde of zombies and you've got yourself a campy horror-comedy. The movie I will be reviewing today is the zombie flick: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.
The Plot: The zombie apocalypse has ravaged England and left the country in a state of panic. After the virus has been contained, life in the quaint countryside has returned to normal, but families have adapted their way of life to the everyday survival and training against the zombie horde. The Bennetts are one such family, who work to raise their five eligible daughters, including Elizabeth Bennett (Lily James), to find suitable husbands and combat the zombie threat.
The Results: 3.5/5!
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is exactly what you would expect from a zombie flick. It's campy, it's cheeky and it doesn't take itself too seriously. The movie is adapted from the book of the same name, which is a parody of the Jane Austen novel. The cast does a great job of portraying the characters and integrating their personalities into the campy parody, particularly Lily James who shines in the lead role and Matt Smith as the bumbling Mr. Collins. Their fight scenes are few and far between but when they do occur, it is a highlight and they're greatly choreographed. On the negative side, the film doesn't really offer anything new and the special effects can come across as lazy or a bit cheesy. Like, for instance, the zombie heads exploding every time they get shot! If you're a fan of the original book or quite enjoy a zombie flick, this movie might be up your alley.