When Jane Austin wrote her classic novel Pride and Prejudice she probably never thought it would be adapted to have zombies as supporting characters. So, is Pride And Prejudice And Zombies any good?
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is just the Jane Austin novel set in the zombie apocalypse. Not much has changed between the love triangle between Mr Darcy (Sam Riley), Lizzy (Lily James) and George Wickham (Jack Huston) and the desire that all the Bennet sisters have of being married. It’s all still here only with one slight hiccup, the living dead trying to tear the characters from limb to limb.
The twists in the tale seemed very forced. For example, Mr Darcy is a Zombie Hunter by trade and all the daughters have learnt Kung Fu and are trained in sword fighting. Why not just make them how they were in the book but have to fend off zombies. Since all the characters are trained in martial arts I never felt like anyone was in any real danger from the slow moving corpses. It was like Buffy The Vampire Slayer but every character was Buffy.
The mythology of the zombie is all messed up here too. Zombies can talk and interact with each other. Yet they never seem to band together for the cause of brain munching. It’s like a Kung Fu film, where each enemy waits patiently for the other to get its ass handed to him before moving in for the kill. In fact, most of the instances where you see the girls kicking arse are with other human characters. The film had huge potential to run with the slaughterfest of the dead, lead by powerful women, yet it sat back and actually gave us Pride And Prejudice.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies was only just over 90mins long, but it felt dramatically longer. I believe I looked at my watch 3 times and even contemplated making a tweet here and there. For a guy expecting blood and guts I almost felt jipped into seeing a chick flick. Now I know how all those women felt when they were conned into seeing Deadpool, thinking it was a romantic comedy.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is in cinemas now.
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