I must start this film review by saying that I very much enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when I read it during university. I know a lot of people are not in favour of altering the classics in any way, but I appreciate the new spin!
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was my favourite out of the whole trend- surprising, I know, given my fear of things that live in water. (I just realised that you, my readers, may not know that I’m afraid of things that live in water. Surprise, I am!) I appreciate that these changes and quirks can sometimes expose a different part of the novel in question that a regular reading might not. Now I also read Mansfield Park and Mummies and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons and Emma and the Vampires, and Jane Slayre and Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret. Yep- these keep going! I would say that PPZ and SSSM are the most entertaining, and the least “hokey”, if you will. If you go in with an open mind and some creativity, you may well be surprised! (This seems to be a big issue for several people I’ve spoken to now- zombies weren’t everywhere in 2009, so it wasn’t the gimmick that it seems to be now!)
When I found out that the movie would finally be released, starring none other than Lily James from Downton, I knew that I would most certainly be going to see it. My heart started to sink as soon as I saw that it was limited to 10pm showings at 2 theatres in the city, a 730 and 10pm showing at another, and only all day showings at one artsy theatre- and on a Saturday of a long weekend, no less! How had it already been relegated so quickly?? I bought tickets for my mom and I to go see it at the 730 showing, despite it being a substantial drive from our house.
We settled into the theatre, and waited for the zombies to come. We didn’t really enjoy any of the trailers, but then again, other than this, I’m not a horror girl by any stretch of the imagination. However, we finally got into the film and it did not disappoint! I found that the zombies were bloody and gory and scary without making me want to get up and leave and watch Parks and Rec on a loop to erase the images. Lily James and Sam Riley seem slightly odd as Elizabeth and Darcy; you quickly realise that they are perfect for the roles! For you GoT fans, Lena Headey makes a fantastic Lady Catherine.
I found that the novel version of PPZ could be clunky at times; it felt like Seth Grahame-Smith was just shoe-horning “katana” in everywhere possible. However, the movie was much more seamless at working the alternate storyline into the original. You really believe that the Bennett sisters trained with Shaolin monks (to the despair of the aristocracy trained in the Japanese style). There were a few changes to the storyline from the novel in regards to Wickham. I won’t say more, lest there be spoilers, but it only detracted slightly.
I will certainly be pre-ordering this DVD whenever it is released! I’m hoping for April, or May at the latest 🙂 I’m fairly sad that there won’t be a sequel to this, as they left it open for one. I will just have to watch this on repeat!
Have you read any of the classic-horror mash-ups, and did you enjoy them?? Did you go and see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies??