Movie Review of “Pride and Prejudice Zombies” (2016)

Pride and Prejudice ZombiesFive sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.
PG-13      Action/Horror/Comedy/Romance
Lionsgate/Screen Gems
108 minutes
Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston…


Classic Challenge Cluster (Extra’s) Review by Wendy:

Pride and Prejudice Zombies was surprisingly fun and entertaining.  The story was altered from its classic origins, weaving into history, a looming zombie apocalypse.  The end result was actually believable…Well…as believable as daily fighting zombie’s in historical English life could have been.  

The basic story line of the Bennet girls remained the same.  Each daughter is still navigating society’s class discrimination in search of a wealthy husband who will hopefully make a decent companion.   In this version however, they now have the bonus of being kick-ass zombie killers!  I still love Mr. Bennet!  He is the one responsible for training his beautiful daughters to be surprisingly skilled fighters.  I just felt this entire ridiculous scenario added another layer of intrigue to Jane Austen’s Classic English Tale. 

The cast is remarkably well suited to each character portrayal.  Personally, I favored this Mr. Darcy over the one in cast of Focus Feature’s-Pride and Prejudice movie from 2005.  Lydia Bennet still makes her share of social blunders, but I found I didn’t hate her character quite as much in this portrayal.  Mrs. Bennet’s disgraceful need to shamefully raise her family in social standing is greater amplified and the consequences of her actions are highlighted.  

Not to be considered only a spoof, another aspect of prejudice was introduced against the zombies.  The movie wanted us to consider the undead as having the ability to continue to function in society as long as they were prevented from becoming full-fledged, flesh eating monsters.  Hmmmmm….that may or may not have turned out as a realistic idea.

Overall, I found myself laughing out loud while watching this movie.  I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it!  As long as you begin it with an open mind and not take it too seriously, I recommend seeing it.  This is a perfect example of keeping our narrative CASUAL. 

Wendy’s Rating 4/6

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