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19 Feb, 2016 1 hr 47 mins A
Sam Riley, Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Suki Waterhouse, Millie Brady, Charles Dance
It is a film that cannot be taken seriously either as a satire, as a period film and neither as a zombie film.

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Story: Jane Austen's tale of complicated romance and intertwined relationships gets a decidedly different twist, when the land is hit by a zombie outbreak. The film itself is based on another book that first created the mashup of Austen's story and the zombie elements. The Bennets and Mr Darcy (Riley) try to overcome the zombie menace while simultaneously dealing with their own lives.

Review: At first, the thought of these two very disparate elements being combined in a film sounds bizarre. For those who've read and enjoyed Austen's book, the idea would definitely seem promising at first. For one, how will director Steers pull it off? So accordingly, we have the well-worn tale of a group of young women dressed in their formal best trying to find love, while simultaneously battling the undead. Impeccable manners seemingly served with some measure of swordplay and musketry.

Charles Dance plays the head of the Bennett family and Elizabeth (James) leads the Bennett girls. Elizabeth is tough - a trait no doubt required if zombie fighting is involved - and knows her way with a sword. Staying faithful to the original story, she also has a patented dislike for another one of the story's lead characters, Mr. Darcy (Riley). The entire movie in fact, rests on the gimmick of the contrast between 19-th century English politeness and on the other hand, the fairly contemporary trope of slashing zombies.

Unfortunately, this premise seems to wear thin very soon and despite the film's fairly brisk runtime, the story appears to get boring pretty quickly. Sure, there are some snappy moments and the fine period detailing are definite plus points. There are doses of humour too, but that's really not enough to make this a satire, in which case it would have been better. And surprisingly enough, while zombie films ride on blood and guts galore, there simply isn't enough gore in here to satisfy those who even like the zombie genre. So what we really have is a film that cannot be taken seriously either as a satire, as a period film and neither as a zombie film.

Avg Users’ Rating 2/5 ( 67 users )
In acting, James is the superior. Riley is by no means deficient, but James’ performance is clever. She is at the same time haughty, reserved and deadly, and her manners, though alive to the potential for parody, are always presented with a straight face. In that respect her co-star has greatly the advantage. Riley seems sure of playing the material for laughs wherever he appears; James is continually straddling the line. Elsewhere in the cast, Lena Headey is excessively diverting as the Amazonian superwarrior Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Matt Smith, ideally cast as the odious Mr. Collins, is all astonishment.
Tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt substantial audiences, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is in fact a moderately entertaining film, not deficient in old-fashioned costume drama when it pleases, nor in the power of being clever where it chooses, but awkward and unsatisfying. It comes with a very encouraging pedigree, based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s high-concept bestseller; it has the fortune of well-qualified cast members, all in the habit of investing their roles with more than they ought, and taking cues from other films of rank; and its producers ought therefore in every respect to have been entitled to think well of their box office prospects, and meanly of others. However, in Hollywood, the power of doing anything with quickness is always much prized by the possessor of the rights to a hot property, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. But the public’s good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.
Khushbu Patel
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