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Micah Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
So it has finally come. After years of rumors and starts and stops, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movies is finally here! So is it any good?? Will it set off production for other movies from the same series, such as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (not made up) or Mansfield Park and the Rise of Techno C’thulu (completely made up) in summary: Nah.
It’s Pride and Perjudice… with Zombies.
In a weird weird way, they actually manage to stay pretty true to the original Pride and Prejudice storyline. It’s not completely over hauled and all the main characters are actually fairly similar to the characters from the book… they just happen to kill lots of zombies.
Beyond that, the plot is basically exactly what the plot of Pride and Prejudice is, Liz Bennet doesn’t like Mr. Darcy cause Mr. Darcy is cold and terrible and rude and nasty, but then he saves her sister from a dog or something and she loves him forever… I think that’s the plot anyway… I was distracted by the zombies.
The cast is actually pretty solid here. The acting is good, Lily James slips back into her ‘Downton Abbey’ shoes and they work perfectly well in the Pride and Prejudice world. The real standout is Matt Smith (yes, that Matt Smith) who delivers a charming and hilarious performance as Mr. Collins, he steals all his scenes in the best way imaginable.
The Zombie action is pretty good too, it won’t win any Golden Combat awards… which I think are a thing… But it’s decent and fun and makes use of the setting pretty well. It’s cool to see Zombies out of the modern time period even if it doesn’t necessarily do anything to revolutionize the genre.
The two genres (Zombie and umm… Austen) work fine independent of each other, but they really don’t mesh very well. It is all at once, too many zombies, and too few zombies. While at the same time not having enough Pride, and having far too little Prejudice. Independently they are fine, but together they don’t fit as well as they should. The transition is a little awkward every time.
The script is fairly forgettable. It’s not egregious but it’s not delicious. It’s egrecious. And egrecios, isn’t a word.
I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was a good time. It didn’t take itself too seriously, there were zombies, and Matt Smith and it was cool setting. The movie was fine. More than fine, it was enjoyably fine. Interestingly fine. But not much more, I’m glad I went to see it, but I wouldn’t have been sad to have missed it. It was a thing that I did. It was a sword that I stabbed. It was the best of times, it was the fine of times
I give it 3 Austens, out of 5.
So there you go guys, a movie about which there was not that much to say about in the end. It was exactly what I thought it would, a perfectly fine movie about Pride and Prejudice, with some Zombies. It’s more fun than it is not fun. And that’s about the highest it could ever go.