Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 28 February 2015, 4:40pm
Running time: 107m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Strong comedic violence)
Release date: 25/02/16
Rating: 8/10 (ME 4/5, DP 4/5)
Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) lives an ideal country life with her parents (Charles Dance and Sally Phillips) and her four sisters, frolicking through country lanes, attending lavish parties and polishing their knives in preparation for confrontations with the zombies that have taken over 19th century England. The dashing Mr Bingley has arrived at a nearby estate and seems the perfect suitor to save the sisters from a future life of poverty, but the equally dashing Colonel Darcy (Sam Riley) throws a spanner (and a bottle of flies) in the works as delightful romantic misunderstandings ensue... with more zombies.
Based on the quirky retelling of Jane Austin's classic by Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a charming, romantic, hilarious and gory romp into the bizarre. The script is a witty delight and is a respectful homage to both the romantic novels of the time and zombie horror kitsch. The casting is perfect with Lily James' headstrong Elizabeth and Sam Riley's charming Colonel Darcy lighting up the screen with a beautiful chemistry, and Lena Headey (is there a Game of Thrones Lanister family reunion going on here?) is suitably camp as the eye-patched Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The visual effects are stunning and the gore is blunt and surprisingly humourous.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies won't be to everyone's taste, but we were pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this film is. We laughed, we cried, we clutched our pearls and almost wet our pants during the roller coaster of emotions that drive this modern classic. Note: be sure not to leave the cinema as soon as the closing credits begin; there's a little surprise. Recommended. (ME)