Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertains, but it’s little more than two hours of strange prancing around one cheesy gimmick.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Synopsis
A retelling of Jane Austen’s classic tale, with an outrageous twist! In place of Austen’s original setting is now an England overrun by horrific zombies. The Bennet sisters have also been re-imagined as Chinese trained martial artists. With Darcy himself now, a feared zombie slayer.
I almost bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the novel, a couple of years ago. Just to find out how such an outrageous premise could work. This same curiosity led me to watching the movie. Verdict? Mish-mash. A strange soup of disharmonious ingredients that soon becomes downright dreary. Leading critics are quite right to say the entire movie functions on one sole gimmicky attraction. That of zombies appearing in Jane Austen’s beloved tale. Once the novelty fades, the story quickly dwindles to being thee usual zombie survival fare. One that doesn’t sustain interest very well too because the romantic plot line and dialogues keep stealing the show. My conclusion from this viewing? Leave classic stories alone. One could grab momentary interest by injecting outrageous twists but that interest is not going to last. The audience would end up bored. Or worse, annoyed.
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