Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Burr Steers (2015)

103min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jane Austen's celebrated classic about Regency social manners and aristocratic romance meets George A Romero-style zombies in this consistently engaging and precision-tooled mash-up based on Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 parody novel. Set 70 years after a pandemic of the living dead isolates London and keeps the gentry to their country piles, the story remains anchored by Austen's original hero and heroine, only here feisty Elizabeth Bennet (pitch-perfect Lily James) is a martial arts and weapons expert, who joins Colonel Darcy (deliciously deadpan Sam Riley) in fighting off the zombie menace while figuring out her conflicted feelings. Director Burr Steer's perversely clever construct is superbly cast with a roster of costume drama favourites (Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Downton's James) but it's hilarious Matt Smith who steals every scene as dozy Parson Collins. By playing things completely straight in both the bodice-ripping/heaving bosom and zombie horror departments, it also means the potency of the swashbuckling splatter is crucially reinforced, while epic panoramas and polished production values add enormously to the success of the glossy contrasts. The almost Python-esque daffiness is another welcome surprise in this fresh and flesh-eating tale of two well-collided genres.

Summary

Regency England is overrun by hordes of zombies following an outbreak of the Black Death. Five sisters put their talent for martial arts to good use fighting the ravenous hordes of the walking dead, while also contending with the equally daunting challenge of finding suitable husbands. Comedy adventure based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith and Charles Dance.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth Bennet Lily James
Mr Darcy Sam Riley
Lady Catherine de Bourgh Lena Headey
Parson Collins Matt Smith
Mr Wickham Jack Huston
Mr Bingley Douglas Booth
Mr Bennet Charles Dance
Jane Bennet Bella Heathcote
Mrs Bennet Sally Phillips
Kitty Bennet Suki Waterhouse
Mrs Featherstone Dolly Wells
Aunt Phillips Pooky Quesnel
Director Burr Steers
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Feb 2016
Comedy Drama