Pride and Prejudice and Zombies entertains, but it’s little more than two hours of weirdness prancing around one outrageous gimmick.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Synopsis
A retelling of Jane Austen’s classic tale, with an outrageous twist! In place of Austen’s original setting is now an England overrun by horrific zombies. The Bennet sisters have also been re-imagined as Chinese-trained martial artists. With Darcy himself now, a feared zombie slayer.
A couple of years ago, I nearly bought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as in the novel, so as to find out for myself how such an outrageous premise could work.
That same curiosity led to me watching this movie adaptation. The verdict? Mish-mash. A strange soup of disharmonious ingredients that soon becomes downright dreary, if not ludicrous.
Leading critics are quite right to say the entire movie functions on one lone gimmicky attraction, this being that of zombies besieging Jane Austen’s beloved tale. Once the novelty fades, the story quickly dwindles to being the usual zombie survival fare. An apocalyptic story one that doesn’t sustain interest very well too because the incongruous romantic plot lines and dialogues keep stealing the show.
My takeaway from this viewing? Leave classic stories alone. Please leave them alone. One could grab momentary interest by injecting outrageous twists but that interest is never going to last. The audience would soon end up bored. Worse, many are likely to get downright annoyed too.
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