Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
Critic Consensus: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies manages to wring a few fun moments out of its premise, but never delivers the thoroughly kooky mashup its title suggests.
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as Elizabeth Bennet
as Lady Catherine de Bourgh
as Mr. Wickham
as Mr. Collins
as Mr. Bingley
as Mr. Bennet
as Mrs. Featherstone
as Mr. Darcy
as Kitty Bennet
as Jane Bennet
as Cassandra Featherstone
as Caroline Bingley
as Charlotte Lucas
as Lydia Bennet
as Mrs. Bennet
as Mary Bennet
as Mr. Hurst
as Lt. Denny
as Butler Edwin
as Mrs. Kenicot
as Mrs. Long
as Lady Anne de Bourgh
as Mrs. Phillips
as Black Suited Man
as Mr. Phillips
as Mr. Kingston
as Sentry 2
as Eldest Zombie Boy
as Sentry 1
as Subordinate Officer
as Young Soldier
as Penny McGregor
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Critic Reviews for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The movie strives to be both scary and funny but winds up being neither.
The bottom line is that Burr Steers' adaptation is unlikely to please any audience regardless of what they're looking for.
This is a perfect film for our mash-up/viral culture in which short, clever, easily digestible bits of entertainment are passed along giddily from friend to friend. But most shareable YouTube videos run a couple minutes. "Zombies" is much, much longer.
An unexpected and off-kilter treat, thanks to a BBC-quality cast and (un)deadpan humor.
Maybe someone else can crack the code to the ultimate Austen mash-up when the inevitable "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" adaption comes along.
Both pride and prejudice still play their parts, but now in service to one tediously repeated joke: the sight of a gentleman or a lady, together or alone, playing cards or ballroom dancing, fatally swarmed by devouring zombies.
Audience Reviews for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
It takes itself seriously as an Austen adaptation... but as a zombie movie less so. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" may sound like a tonal nightmare (at times; it's close), but a charismatic/ game cast sell it for more than it should be worth. It's actually pretty fun.
Pride, Prejudice ... and Poor Directing. The story is fresh and enticing, but the direction is inexpert in this would-be period flick. The actors are hamstrung by inept direction, middling costumes and a clear unfamiliarity with period ambiance. From the plainly 20th century brickwork of structures in multiple scenes (is this a hipster coffee shop?), to the inexplicable Japanese handle wrap on swords used by 19th century Englishmen, to the bizarrely anachronistic London setting, "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies" is a confused mess. I both wish it were better, and wish it were worse. As it stands, the film is not satisfying from any perspective.
It's a kooky mashup that falls just short of it's preliminary promise. Nonetheless serviceable, and the only time indeed that I gave one whit about this famous story despite its being truly reflective about the entrenched and stifling Brit attitudes about class. Zombies. Get it? Oh well.
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