HOLLYWOOD—Ok, when you hear the title “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” one might think of a lot of things, but this ain’t no love story people. It’s far from it, taken everything you know about Jane Austen’s 1800s classic “Pride and Prejudice” with a unique spin that will make those who love “The Walking Dead” will love this film that much more.
The action-flick stars Sam Riley, Lily James, Bella Heathcote and Suki Waterhouse. I love how the narrative revolves around that period drama-era; think “Downton Abbey” collides with “The Walking Dead.” Yeah, we’d never see something like that in real life, but the idea of it possibly happening is what makes “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” such fun to watch.
Director Burr Steers has spent most of his career dabbling in comedies like “17 Again,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and TV sitcoms like “Weeds,” departs from his usual background to infuse vitality in a tale which many consider an all-time classic.
This flick that will satisfy the best of action-junkies revolves around the Bennett sisters – Elizabeth (James), Jane (Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Kitty (Waterhouse) and Mary (Millie Brady) who were sent to China by their father to learn how to use the best in the weaponry world and martial arts. The matriarch wants her daughters to marry into wealth, while the father wants his girls to be strong-willed. Must say that is a dynamic not seen or echoed often in the world we live in.
The Bennett girls are unlike anything that Colonel Darcy (Riley) has ever seen, that same sentiment applies for the Bingley clan. Amidst all this bloodshed, gunfire and constant betrayal, the viewer gets sutured in weaving love triangles, where sisters who have been bonded from the dawn of time are somewhat conniving in their quest for love.
All it takes is one sister to become smitten, to cause a slight fracture amidst the sisterhood, which takes place very early on in the movie. As new suitors come into play, the love triangle continues to evolve and the notion of who can be trusted and who can’t be trusted rises to the surface.
Let’s just say who you think someone might be, isn’t necessarily the case, which I think is a testament of Steers clever script that paces the film without reaching a climax that doesn’t satisfy the viewer. As the battle between the zombies and humans rages, loyalties are tested, secrets are revealed and so much action is jam packed into the viewer’s face it’s nearly impossible to take your eyes away from the screen.
Anyone venturing to see the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” should not take the movie seriously; neither does its creators, which explains why it was such a hoot to watch from start to finish. It is what I would consider the perfect escape from reality.