‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Review by Denise Salcedo
The timeless classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has officially transformed into the world of millennials by adding a zombie outbreak to 19th century England in Burr Steer’s newest film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The film is based off the New York Times Best selling novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a mashup by Seth Grahame-Smith of Jane Austen’s original novel.
The story follows the traditional plot in Austen’s novel but takes a modern and gory twist after a mysterious plague has taken over the country rapidly turning into a zombie apocalypse. It’s then up to Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) to set their differences aside and come together and save the part of the country that still remains human from the quick rise of undead people.
The movie is contagiously hilarious, the cast sets a witty tone that is clever and bold. It makes smaller characters like Mr. Collins and Mrs. Bennet stand out more than what their original roles called for. Matt Smith’s performance of Mr. Collins was bright and soared through his playful mannerisms,making him easily a crowd favorite.
Lily James’s version of Elizabeth Bennet was nothing short of spectacular. She raised the already high profile character to a new level. Not only was she the feisty heroine everyone knows and loves, Elizabeth Bennet is now the toughest girl out there with her highly sophisticated combat skills and sword tucked underneath her skirt.
“I just put a sword in her hand and made her say all the same things.” said Seth Grahame-Smith about the new version of Elizabeth Bennet.
When asked about prepping for her physically demanding role, the actress recalls being in a “lazy phase” where she had to do a lot to get in shape including boxing, yoga and mixed martial arts.
Bella Heathcote, who plays the fairest sister Jane Bennet , did three months of Kung Fu in preparation for her role.
Being able to portray a character from the imagination of Jane Austen is no easy task, especially the coveted role of Mr. Darcy, and Sam Riley definitely captured the essence of Mr. Darcy with a comedic spirit.
“I think Sam Riley is the best Mr. Darcy, very wonderful, deep aura, arrogant, but quite vulnerable.” said Lily James.
One of the most memorable scenes in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was the proposal of Mr Darcy to Elizabeth that led to physical fight between the two. Their dialogue filled fight scene was the cherry on top of the tension between the lovers that makes this film stand on it own.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ends with a bonus scene after the movie so make sure to stay and watch.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits theaters February 5, 2016.