Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

[There may be SPOILERS!]

Zombies!!! I love a good zombie movie. And zombies in a romantic film…even better!! I wanted to see this movie right when I saw the trailer. So if you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice, this movie gives you a good idea of what the story is like, just with zombies in it. It follows the natural storyline of Pride and Prejudice. There are things that I would have liked done better in the movie but I still liked it quite a bit.

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Being a zombie movie, you would think that there would be more action but there was not as much as I expected. My fiance said that he liked Abraham Lincoln Zombie Slayer better because that one had tons of action and I agree. Abraham Lincoln was more fun to watch and funnier as I recall. I did think that PPZ dragged a little in the middle of the film because there was very little going on in terms of zombie action. If you’re a hard-core zombie fan, you might be disappointed with it. I also would have liked to see more gore. What’s a zombie movie without it? The first scene had Mr. Darcy kill a zombie with a broken piece of glass but we don’t really see what went on. We only see the guy’s head on the floor. On the other hand, I do understand that since it’s a Pride and Prejudice movie, maybe they wanted this movie to have more finesse and not have so much blood and gore.

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I love the humor in this movie. The funniest character was their cousin, Parson Collins, who is actually played by Matt Smith (one of the doctors in Dr. Who series). I didn’t even realize that he was The Doctor until I looked up his name on IMDb. He is just completely oblivious to everything around him. There was one scene where there was a fight between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and all Mr. Collins noticed was that the table they broke was an antique. His character added lightness to the movie which is always refreshing. The change in his character from his original one (serious with no sense of humor) was definitely a plus.

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Oh and what’s up with the four horsemen of the apocalypse? This is a common theme in some movies. It was mentioned in Burnt, X-Men Apocalypse and probably a whole slew of other movies. If you guys haven’t heard of them, they’re from the bible. There are four horsemen and they stand for conquest, war, famine and death. They symbolize the end of humanity when God will judge the Earth. When they first showed up in PPZ I thought they were going to be incorporated better into the film. They showed up 3 times and each time was uneventful. At the end, the whole army of zombies were rushing up with the four horsemen to Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s estate. The movie ends after that. I don’t think that there is a second movie to this but I’m hoping there is because I want to see this battle ensue.

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Ultimately, I enjoyed the movie and I think you might too. And if you haven’t seen Pride and Prejudice, you should definitely see this one because it is much more entertaining and fast paced than the originals.

Audience: PG-13
Epic factor: 10
Acting: 9
Story: 9
Direction: 10
Would I recommend: Yes

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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