Daily Archives: February 9, 2016

Movie Review – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a nerd possessed of 3.5 readers must be in want of more readers.”

Pride.  Prejudice. Zombies.  Jane Austen’s classic literary masterpiece…and the evil undead.

BQB here with a view of PPZ.

Grr.  Argh.  Brains.  Spoilers.

 

AN ADMISSION:  I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice.  I know.  That’s a terrible thing for a magic bookshelf caretaker to say.  But it’s true.  I don’t know why.  My English teacher made us read Wuthering Heights and maybe he thought that was enough depressed British people in love for one year.

So had I read it I probably would have gotten more of the jokes, but overall I really liked this movie.

Come to think of it, PPZ now counts as my first exposure to Pride and Prejudice and that’s probably going to be true for a lot of people.  I know want to go back and read the original book.  Hopefully, others feel the same way.  So Seth Grahame-Smith did a good thing here.

I’ve always enjoyed Grahame-Smith’s work.  He wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in case you forgot.  He really opened up the door to reimagine and reinvent history.

Some people are very literal.  Put zombies in 1800’s England and some people might say, “there were no zombies in 1800’s England so this movie is historically inaccurate!”

True, but there are no zombies now!!! (That we know of.)  So that means we can’t enjoy The Walking Dead.  And we have no official confirmation of life on other planets. So crap, we should stop watching Star Wars, right?

Suspend disbelief and just enjoy it.

Several hilarious parts in this movie.  I enjoyed the dainty debutantes discussing their Shaolin training, hiding knives in their garters and kicking zombie ass.  Lena Headey made me keel over laughing as Lady Catherine de Bourgh (exceptionally wealthy British aristocrat/eye-patch sporting zombie killer extraordinaire.)

As my 3.5 readers might be aware, I’ve half-written a lot of stories built around one joke, attempting to extrapolate that joke into an entire novel.

Grahame-Smith does this.  There’s the love.  The passion.  The old English speak.  Oh, and there’s also zombies.  There’s zombies in the middle of one of the greatest romantic tales ever written and our heroes must defeat them, while learning to love each other as well.

Perhaps the genius of it is that in theory, the subject matter is nothing to be laughed at.  But the actors play it all with such dead pan that there’s all this love and drama and intrigue and everyone’s very proper and British and…oh…there’s zombies!

SPOILER ALERT – I saw this movie with someone and we were a little confused by the ending.  Love triumphs but…the zombie menace seems to be brushed off?  Maybe we missed something.

This is one of those movies I’d have to watch again because there was definitely a lot of stuff I’d probably notice in a second sitting.  And though I speak English, that old English does need to be deciphered.

I suppose it is a good thing this is being billed as a Valentine’s Day movie.  I’m not sure women would have considered this a good date movie in the past.  That it is thought of that way now means women as a whole are becoming much nerdier.

So there you go male nerds.  You have more options.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.

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