Cinematic Releases: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Review

Alysia reviews this week's release of yet another zombie movie. 

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Charming might not be the first adjective that comes to mind when thinking of zombie films, but it suits Pride and Prejudice and Zombies quite well. In its parallel version of British history, Great Britain has been invaded by zombies, and the formidable Bennet sisters have adapted their lifestyle in accordance with the times, tucking knives, swords, and pistols in their skirts and garters, while their well-meaning parents simultaneously strive to get their daughters successfully married off. Think classic Jane Austen, with some ass kicking, gore, and sex appeal thrown in for good measure.

The cast really brings this horror-meets-period-piece together. Sam Riley (from Disney's Maleficent) perfects the male version of resting bitch face, making him an ideal and appealing Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy's female counterpart, played by Lily James (known from Downton Abbey and the title role of 2015's Cinderella), is the dark and brooding leader of the sword-wielding siblings. Her sister Jane, portrayed by former Australian soap star Bella Heathcote, is a fairly primary player throughout the movie, but the remaining sisters are little more than background noise. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) provides much of the film's comic relief as Parson Collins, while Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) and Douglas Booth (Jupiter Ascending) play well as modestly significant sideline characters.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is sweet, laugh-out-loud funny at times, romantic, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable. I would have never imagined that a plot involving zombies could fit so seamlessly within the world of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but it is curiously believable. With a rating of PG-13, its zombies and carnage scenes are tame in comparison to the likes of The Walking Dead, making it a good choice for younger teens. Be sure to sit tight once the credits start rolling for an extra scene and possible sequel teaser.

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-Alysia George