Just in case anyone was wondering, no I’ve never read the book, or Pride and Prejudice for that matter, so I don’t know how true to the source material this film is nor do I really care (I did see the movie with Kiera Knightly though).
Okay, so is this movie good? …. Eh.
Is this movie a lot of fun? Yes, without a doubt.
When I came into the theater, I was hoping it would play on the fact that mixing an 1800’s love story with a zombie apocalypse was absolutely absurd. And for the most part, it does just that. No other movie can make a valid excuse to have dancing parties in a woodland mansion in the middle of the night while zombies are still on the loose. No other movie can have people start fist fighting or sword fighting while having a pleasant British conversation.
Matt Smith (The 11th Doctor) steals practically every scene he’s in. He was by far the best performance of the movie. Every time he walks in, he’s just so smarmy and ridiculous that he demands your attention.
Also, I think there should be a drinking game attached to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies where everyone takes a shot whenever Lily James’ cleavage inexplicably shows out of her dress (because it happened way more times than I was expecting, to the point where it almost seemed like it was part of the joke).
This movie is held back by the fact that it needed to stay PG-13. A lot of the fight scenes feel toned down and most of the time the kill-shots are done off screen. To me, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would have benefited a lot from blood splatter or more brutal fight scenes because it would have added to the absurdity of the entire premise. However, the fact of the matter is that the intended target audience is teens and young women, not 24-year-old weirdos, which is why my wife enjoyed this movie more than I did. Thankfully, I had a lot of fun with it too.
The movie plays the key events of Pride and Prejudice nearly beat-by-beat, yet tweaks them here and there because zombies are eating people’s brains. Because of this, the story was rushed along quite a bit, leaving parts of the story rather underdeveloped.
There are some dumb or senseless things in the movie (that aren’t humorous), but I generally had a really good time. It is nowhere close to a masterpiece, but if you come in with the right expectations, this shouldn’t matter. The fact that the film has a large amount of self-awareness saves it from being less than a mediocre movie aimed at young adults.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has guilty pleasure written all over, and I’m giving this movie an extremely fun 6 out of 10.