Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is definitely…interesting? There are both pros and cons to watching this movie. First, the positives of PPZ. Some lines come right out of Pride and Prejudice. In fact, Jane Austen is also listed as the writer of the book along with Seth Grahame-Smith. Like all other adaptions of this timeless book, Elizabeth is witty and knows what she wants. However, in this specific adaption, Elizabeth, the protagonist, is a talented and well trained (not to mention formidable) zombie hunter. However, Elizabeth Bennet isn’t the only well trained lady. Catherine de Bourgh is also a zombie hunter and, like other Pride and Prejudice adaptions, she also does not understand Elizabeth. Unlike many other adaptions, rather than just demanding she stay away from her precious nephew, she challenges Elizabeth to a fight. Ridiculous, right? Well, you are not wrong. However, just after this scene is one of my favorites. When Elizabeth shows she can handle herself, rather than de Bourgh just pretending she does not exist, she offers protection to the rest of the Bennets. That, to me, even with the ridiculous circumstances, is something I enjoy between the two ladies.
One negative aspect of this movie is the amount of jump scares and the excessive gore. Yes, I know it is a zombie movie. I do. I expected this when I walked into the admittedly empty movie theater (a whole movie theater to myself—a definite plus). However, this movie is also based on a timeless classic that has survived throughout the years. This movie lost the great significance that makes people read Pride and Prejudice over and over. Those who wrote this movie must have thought that adding zombies makes every other slight okay. Jane Bennet is a pretty spot on example. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane is parallel to Mr. Charles Bingley. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Mr. Bingley remains Mr. Bingley even with the altered universe they live in. Though he fights the undead, he is extremely nervous and giddy when he does so. Jane Bennet does not really react to the possibility. She does not seem to be Jane Bennet anymore, even in an altered version.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a fun watch, though I probably would not go out and hand over another 7 dollars. Jane Austen is probably rolling in her grave, but hopefully not enough to venture to a movie theater.