Jane Austen…and zombies

Allison Althof, Office Manager

Though I admit that I did like the book version of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, this is the story I was expecting when I started the book. This movie was full of action, comedy, romance and just enough gore to keep you enthralled for a long time.

Although the movie adaptation was not 100% true to the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, or the original by Jane Austen, it was still a spectacular film.

The zombie effects were spot on right off the bat and the fight scenes were beautifully choreographed to showcase the strength of the character. Even the character Lydia Bennet, who is known for being childish and flighty, is a character that is fully capable of kicking some zombie butt for the sake of London.

Though I feel like some guys might enjoy this movie, it would probably fall into the category of chick flick. Yes, there were zombies, gore, and some pretty inventive ways to kill said zombies, however these gruesome details only added to the romances that were unfolding between the characters.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy are meant for each other and adding in the fact that both of them are fully capable of decapitating a corpus just makes their relationship better.
However, even though I would call this the ultimate chick flick, it felt like the scriptwriter chose to focus more on the zombie part of the story than the romance. Even when there was romance in the story it was always accompanied by fighting or zombies.

One of the more iconic scenes from the original story, Darcy’s first proposal to Elizabeth, is quickly transformed into a fight between them. This is just one of many examples of how fighting is woven into this adaptation.

Speaking of Darcy, the casting of Sam Riley in this iconic role was a brilliant choice. A lot of women watch “Pride and Prejudice” to swoon over Darcy and this version of him is definitely swoon worthy. Another smart move on the casting directors part was Lily James, who plays the head strong Miss Elizabeth Bennet. From her role in the 2015 version of “Cinderella”, we know that Lily James is capable of playing more girly roles and at first that really worried me. However, she really delivered in her role as the powerful, zombie killing Elizabeth.

This is one of my favorite adaptations of “Pride and Prejudice”. I still hate the characters that I have always hated and found a new love for character that were already dear to me. This is a movie worth watching over and over again because it can suit almost any mood that you are in, and there’s zombies.