Do you ever have those times when you are just so bored that you are willing to try just about anything in order to get out of the house? Just this past weekend I felt this way when my friend Courtney suggested that a group of us go and see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Every fiber of my being told me that this movie was going to be truly horrendous and I should just skip out on it for the sake of my sanity, alas I was very very bored and so I went out and saw it.
I couldn’t have been more wrong about this movie. Like don’t get me wrong Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I’m just going to call it PPZ from here on out.) isn’t going to win awards for… anything anytime soon. It’s utterly ridiculous and outright silly at times, but that is exactly what makes it such an extraordinarily fun movie to watch. I mean there is an actual zombie apocalypse going on around them, but poor Mrs. Bennet is far more concerned with ensuring her daughters marry nice (and rich) young men. This adherence to the original story of Pride and Prejudice (You know, relatively) is what allows it to be so much fun, the contrast between the rather serious affair of marriage in the early 19th century feels so strange and out of place when the living dead are consuming your brains that it’s funny. We, the audience, are being treated to this bizarro world version of Pride and Prejudice that feels like the brainchild of someone who might have taken like twelve hits too many off the bong you know what I mean?
I also have a couple of notes for the acting in this movie. First off Matt Smith slays it as Parson Coopers by being the most awkward and cringe inducing dude ever. I seriously could not stop laughing at this poor soul who didn’t seem to have any real idea what was going on around him. As another friend of mine pointed out (shout outs to Nicole!) It was if Matt Smith was still playing Doctor Who and was just caught up in this strange zombie shenanigans going on around him. Lily James was also fairly impressive as Elizabeth Bennet. Again I don’t think any awards will be coming her way for this role, but it was a massive improvement over what I would call a mindless performance in Cinderella. Amazing what happens when you give an actress a character with actual depth to play eh?
Ultimately it’s a great big ball of fun with just enough backbone in its story to keep it upright when pushed on it. If you are a fan of more absurd things then you will surely enjoy this movie. Maybe after you watch this you could watch some very good, but much more depressing movies like The Big Short or Spotlight. Keep things in balance you know? Anyways, peace out everyone.