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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Dumb As It Sounds) has seen a Limited Release in the UK and our Lead Film Critic Jordan Samuel brings us the official ComiConverse review.
Pride and Prejudice is a story which has captivated readers for two centuries, with its strong themes of manners and love. It has also had a very crucial part on the big screen with numerous movies following the story, and most recently was parodied with the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The book has now been adapted on to the silver screen; directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, 17 Again) he has provided an interesting spin on the novel. Staring; Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote
But does it work?
Find out as ComiConverse jumps into the zombie uprising
Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge, an army of undead zombies – IMBD
Director Burr Steers helms this adaptation and he provides some interesting results, but doesn’t achieve zombie perfection. Sold as epic adventure, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies injects a new twist on the story – adding in the undead to spice up Edwardian era England. What could go wrong with that?
Burr Steers does his best with this project. His directing style works well within the action set pieces but he lacks any imagination – with quick cuts that sometimes feel unnecessary and bloated. Any effort to build an enjoyable film falls apart from the moment dialogue is thrown into the scenes. The film resorts to silly behind the shoulder angles which are very hard to follow.
If you’re looking for an Oscar-winning flick, then go elsewhere because Steers does the opposite with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Maybe they were shooting for a Razzie?
By far my biggest gripe with the film is lack of zombie sequences, and for a movie based in a zombie apocalypse, it’s quite disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, when stuff hits the fan, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does have fun with the undead, but because these of the sequencing, the whole film feels disjointed.
This would be fine, if the movie was a true adaptation of the classic tale, but it isn’t and Steers should have pushed the zombie element to the forefront, instead he just follows the already expected story.
Lily James plays Elizabeth Bennet a young lady who has been raised in a zombie apocalypse. I quite liked this character, mainly because James is very charismatic in the role – She’s hot and kicks zombie ass.
Elizabeth Bennet has trained all her life to defeat the vile zombies; but Steers never really delves into that – instead he pushes her into a boring romance arc. Lily James is outstanding so all is forgiven the same can be said for Bella Heathcote as Jane Bennet who is also great in her role.
Bella is another heartthrob that steals each scene with her confidence. Again, she is both hot and badass zombie slayer.
Sam Riley is Mr. Darcy the man who falls in love with Elizabeth during this apocalypse, he is the odd one out and, sadly, he doesn’t do much in this film. I didn’t like his nagging persona and tone, which is a shame, because Mr. Darcy is an interesting character.
Jack Huston is Mr. Wickham and he is pretty good in the role. He plays the antagonist of the story who proves to be a very strange man. I enjoyed his role so much that a spin-off movie based on him would be an interesting watch.
Matt Smith plays Mr. Collins, a man who wants to Marry one of the sisters; but he doesn’t get enough time to shine in the movie. Sadly, the majority of his scenes don’t really showcase his acting skills which have developed since Doctor Who.
Fernando Velázquez composed the score, which is quite forgettable, but serviceable, in a film titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I did like the opening credit theme, which felt terrifying on the surround sound speakers in my theatre.
In the end, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an attempt at mindless fun which should be watched on DVD, but is far from a must-see blockbuster.
Jordan Samuel is the Film Critic for ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter:@JordanESamuel
In the end, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an attempt at mindless fun which should be watched on the small screen. Save your money.