Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Release year: 2016
Director: Burr Steers
Screenwriters: Burr Steers, Jane Austen (novel), Seth Grahame-Smith (novel)
Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance
The five Bennett sisters are highly trained in fighting zombies and must battle the undead while trying to find suitable husbands.
Based on Grahame-Smith’s novel who mixes Jane Austen’s famous novel Pride and Prejudice with zombies, this movie mash-up is brave. The romantic drama of Austen and the gore of zombie movies is about as far from each other as can be, making it difficult for the movie to find a suitable audience, not to mention the nightmare promoting it must have been. But Steers’s (17 Again, 2009) movie does deliver what it promises, staying incredible close to the original Austen story just with added blood and gore of the undead. Unlike most zombie apocalypse movies this is a more elegant effort of making a movie of the rotting flesh eaters but as it seems torn between the two genres it somehow lacks bite, a real disapointing considering the sharpness of Austen’s dialogue. The cast does a good job, with especially James (Baby Driver, 2017) shinning as the heroine Elizabeth Bennett. Kudos for its originality and the fresh approach to the zombie genre, the movie delivers exactly what the title promises: Pride and Prejudice AND Zombies.
Seth Grahame-Smith is also the author behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which was adapted into a movie by the same name in 2012.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures