Ahead of initial release we checked out the anticipated romantic with a certain brain munching twist.Based on the popular love story – Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. Simples.
Garnering much word of mouth anticipation before it release last month, we too were looking forward to checking out this seemingly new fresh (undead) approach to the classic story which saw Elizabeth and Jane Bennet – played by Lily James and Bella Heathcote – as they struggled with coming to terms with new found love – Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley played by Sam Riley and Douglas Booth. Only the twist being that they are all well trained killers of the undead – in 19th century England where one must live in fear of being eaten alive while on their horse back travels.
The idea fascinating, the movie execution, well not so much. P+P+Z is occasionally funny but not very scary at all. Have the word zombie in your title should mean two things in our books: Hordes and Gore – and honestly we did not get much of either.
We understand violence isn’t everyone’s cuppa but when dealing with the genre of the undead – one must be ready to challenge the screen with a bitta bloody fun now and again. In this you may occasionally be given a slight shot here and there but noting much realy to go on.
Led by Lily James, the cast is very well laid out – she played well as the title character along with Riley as Mr. Darcy but at times extremely wooden. The other ‘unknown’ actors give a run of the mill performance also.
Game of Thrones star Lena Heady and Charles Dance give theater like garnered roles which is a plus but at times come across overpowering.
The one stand out for us was Doctor Who himself Matt Smith his comedic performance as Parson Collins was quite something a breathed a breathe of fresh air where needed – although we felt he was criminally under used throughout!
All in all Pride + Prejudice + Zombies started off on good terms but crumbled to the grave of the undead – with some very wooden performances met with some uninteresting strangely edited action-set pieces, it’s one of the zom-genre films we wouldn’t care to revisit.
We hate to end a viewing/review of one of our most anticipated of this year but sadly it didn’t meet our expectations!
(Personal rating – 2/5)