When we think of zombie movies; whats the first thing that comes to mind? Is it those god awful B-Horror Movies? Is it Zombieland? Is it Dawn of the Dead (the original not that bad remake)? Well today I’m here to talk about a zombie movie, that is filled with horror and a bit of romance (please note romance movies are not my expertise). I managed to see this film 2 months in advance for a free movie screening. The film is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!
In the film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film starts out with an introductory to Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) riding on his horse to a house party were it is said a zombie has been identified. When Mr. Darcy arrives on the premise he is checked through an underground unit to make sure he isn’t bitten anywhere before he goes among his own investigation at this royal family party. The family immediately request’s his presence; Mr. Darcy then releases a group of flies to identify the zombie. Mr. Darcy’s flies ID the infected human and Mr. Darcy immediately goes into battle mode punching the infected human as he is turning into a zombie then slam’s the zombies head onto the table and as your looking through the eyes of the zombie for the next part of the scene you see Mr. Darcy taking a knife to cut off the head of the zombie. After Mr. Darcy is covered in blood from decapitating the infected he leaves the premises not realizing there was another infected in the house which leaves it up to your imagination of what happened after that. The film then goes into detail saying that the zombie virus started as the Black Plague all across the UK or at least thats as far as they think the virus has spread. Your then introduced to a family known as the Bennet family, you see four sisters sitting in the room with their mother and father, the sisters and their father are all cleaning their guns and swords. The family is then interrupted by Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth) requesting the family to a ball that he will be having in two days. The family accept, but Mr. Bingley was indeed smitten by Jane Bennet (Bella Heathcote) and hopes to see that sister of the 4 sisters at his ball.
Normally I would never like a movie thats full of romance, but this film I will make an exception for; mainly because the film had a great combination of horror and romance (I know your thinking the same as when I went to go see this film theres no way romance and horror can ever co-exist with each other). Now this movie is based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen; your probably wondering where have you heard that authors name before? Well Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of the book Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which was also made into a film as well. This film was indeed a great film, it has great acting, great story, and is left open for a sequel if they so choose to do another crazy, humorous, and horrific movie. The film was directed by Burr Steers which I’ve never seen any of his other work but he did do a great job for this being a zombie movie. If I had to rate this movie I would rate it with 3 1/2 out of 5
Now your asking yourself why would I give it that kind of rating if it was such a great film, well there were some things that were questionable in the film, like how were the Zombies able to still have control over their vocals? Because I always thought zombies were suppose to go all like (arr and rawr and uhh uhhh uhhh kind of sounds) you know? I really did love Lily James and Matt Smith’s performance in the film, and yes if your a Doctor Who fan then you will recognize the name Matt Smith (who portrayed the 11th Doctor in Doctor Who) both actors performances where fantastic! I would recommend this film to others who love zombie movies, if you don’t like zombie movies then you will be utterly confused and not understanding anything of the category.