By Adam Schalke
Jane Austen’s classic and beloved story, “Pride and Prejudice,” has been adapted into other media forms so many times that even its adaptations are getting adaptations. Case and point; the recently released “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”
For those unfamiliar, the film is based on a 2009 book of the same title. In both the novel and film, the classic characters from Jane Austen’s story still exist, but they exist in a world where a zombie virus from the heavily colonized New World has made its way into Great Britain. After the virus’s initial impact, many are dead, the survivors have fled to the countryside and a majority of the zombies have been contained within a fortified London. The story still revolves around Mr. Darcy’s pride and Elizabeth Bennet’s reluctance to wed, but it so happens to occur against a backdrop of constant diligence in light of the upcoming zombie apocalypse.
Simply put, the film is an exercise in nerdy fan service, although not necessarily in a bad way. Starry-eyed lovers and horror aficionados will know better than to see this if they want to get their respective kicks, but for the small overlap between those audiences, this film is appropriately fun (also, any Whovians out there will find joy in the fact that Matt Smith is simply delightful as William Collins). This film is definitely not for everyone, but it does right by those who enjoyed the book.
(three out of five stars)