Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is a vastly known classic love story set in the 19th century. Though numerous adaptations have been made, the most famous version in recent years was in 2005 staring Keira Knightley. This movie adaptation is beautiful and nothing less than elegant with its heavier focus on the books romantic themes, and was popular among period drama fans. More than 10 years later, it is time for the story to have a new outbreak, and by outbreak, I mean an outbreak of zombies. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes with many similarities to the the classic tale such as the Bennet sisters... with a small catch.
To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things. Kind... well-read... and accomplished. But to survive in the world as WE know it, you'll need... other qualities. - Elizabeth Bennet
The original movie features Elizabeth Bennet, her mother, her father, and her four sisters living in the countryside. Elizabeth is the oldest and is set to be married any day if her mother has anything to do with it. At a ball, Elizabeth is introduced to the very upper-class, very arrogant Mr. Darcy, who slights Elizabeth by refusing to dance with her. However, as he begins to admire her more and more, she seems to be finding the worst in him more and more. That does not keep them away from each other though, and by the end, all matters are settled and they are able to find love. Yet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the challenge is no longer finding a husband to get along with. The issue at hand is now the outbreak of an army of zombies caused by the black plague.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith seamlessly rewrote Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, adding his own spin of the zombie trend. With this, you can easily pull in the period drama lovers and romance fanatics, whilst also attracting the recent Walking Dead fandom and the likes. However, many reviewers who have seen the movie say it is either a hit or miss. You're into it or you're not. I for one have always loved the idea of elite sophistication mixed with hardcore action, so, if you're like me, this movie should be right up your alley. If you are, however, only in it for its Jane Austen ties, this might not be what your looking for. Then again, if you're in it for the action but could never sit through the original Pride and Prejudice, I recommend giving it a try at least. Nevertheless, you will be part of a rare breed if you can love both 19th century romance and zombie hunting.
As I stated before, it is surprising just how faithful Grahame Smith has been to the original story, except now it is completely normal to keep a sword under your petticoat.
My daughters are trained for battle, sir. Not the kitchen. -Mr. Bennett
I love that he was able to use much of the original novel because, as much as I hate to admit it, I didn't read the original. I am a firm believer in the "the book is better than the movie" theory, but I just couldn't get through Jane Austen's work. It wasn't that it was bad, it was just... well, boring. With Grahame-Smiths version, however, knowing that I'd get not only the romance and period drama I loved from Jane Austen, and yes, I mean the stuff I loved from the movie, and some kickass zombie fight scenes any feminist would be proud of, I was completely on board.
Along with the Bennet sisters, many other characters from the classic also feature in both stories. Mrs. Bennet's sole purpose in life is still to get her daughters married.
The business of Mr. Bennett's life was to keep his daughters alive. The business of Mrs. Bennett's was to get them married. - Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Even that weird Mr. Collins is still trying to marry Elizabeth. And Elizabeth still, of course, does not want to marry... at all.
I will never relinquish my sword for a ring. - Elizabeth Bennett
Despite the zombies, everyone is carrying on with their lives... for the most part. The formal balls and manners are made more of a subplot, but are there nonetheless.
Many of the trailers also suggest the movie being a horror, but reviewers say that it not so much a horror as it is an action packed period drama. So, if you're looking for a scary movie, this may not be your pick. Overall though, I am stoked for the movie to make its official debut on February 15th.
Let me know what you guys think it's going to be like, and afterwards, be sure to give us final opinions after opening night!