Cert: 15 Runtime: 107 mins Director: Burr Steers Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips, Charles Dance and Matt Smith
Daughters do not dance well with masticated brains
Pride & Prejudice is something that is part and parcel with British life. Once this radical change of the classic novel happened we always knew there would be a film! So what is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies about? It’s Regency England, but not as we know it. In this alternate universe, the Black Plague has caused the dead to rise from their graves. So finding a suitable husband is hardly uppermost in the minds of Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her feisty sisters. Instead, they’ve been trained in armed combat since childhood to take on the ravening zombie hordes. Now Elizabeth joins forces with hunky Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) on the battlefield, where they find love while dispatching the undead.The humour works splendidly, there are times when sarcasm is produced just right against the backdrop of the sombre tone. Its playful romance, bantering and even cringe worthy moments are pleasantly delightful. However, the jarring tone can be too distracting at times.
The movie screams too hard to set grim horror, a staple flaw in horror genre and on the other side of spectrum, it’s occasionally overly zealous in the drama that it becomes wallowing or slow.The tone suffered a great deal of uncertainty as it struggled between being a full blown comedy or a serious classic with a popular cult twist. Indeed there have been some moderately comic lines and characters with some mildly nifty shenanigans, it wasn’t quite a real comedy nor was it remotely worthy of being taken seriously with the handling of the plot, character and emotions, which by the way should have been the heart of the classic, and also the half-hearted delivery of the timid and iconic moments.The cast was dry with Lily James’ Liz Bennett and a hilariously watchable Matt Smith being the stand-outs. Darcy was unattractive and creepy. His voice was just terrible. He sounded like he smoked 5 packs a day for two years. The opening credits were the best part, and the ending was very anti- climatic and frankly disappointing.