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Pride & Prejudice and Zombies

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey

Rated: PG-13  for zombie violence and action, and brief suggestive material.
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Release date: February 5, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies known as PP&Z is an amalgamation of two widely different worlds.  One from the Jane Austin's book in which Mr. and Mrs. Bennet spend their time during the seventeen hundreds working to marry off their daughters to protect the family wealth which will be forwarded to a cousin if none of the five daughters has married by the time Mr. Bennet passes on.  The quaint rule stood that women could not inherit property. Second we have a plague of zombies in-circling London that must be defeated and the five daughters are some of the best fighters with swords, knives. guns and martial arts.  The two truly do not mix this is a forced marriage of apples and oranges.
The script has daughter Elizabeth played well by (Lily James) who was a stunning Cinderella late last year, not willing just to settle for a husband, she has pride and in this case the ability to care for herself.  Mother Bennet  (Sally Phillips) is convincing as the matriarch of the family determined to have her daughter take a husband to save the family. We all know Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) will eventually have the track to capture the valiant lovely Elizabeth, but here he initially battles her with fists and swords when she suspects he may be aiding the Zombies. 
So why take characters from Jane Austin and squeeze them into a film with Zombies, that slaughter and are slaughtered in very violent bloody scenes.  The contrast is blatant when we see the non Zombies who are the upper-crust of society dancing is their finest and workmen dig a water barrier around London which they hope will stop the invaders.  The one bridge which is allowed to remain is mined to be exploded if the enemy attempts to cross. 
The pomp and circumstance and the narrow world of the gentry are well filmed and the scenes of ladies and gentlemen dancing in unison are pleasant to watch and also if blood and guts is your cup of tea the Zombie battles provide effective visuals of heads flying off as they are removed by swords along with the slaughtering  destruction of the grasping living dead in an attempt to save the English dignity. 
Perhaps it could have worked as a spoof but each story is told as if we should take it seriously in the context of the film script.   
We probably have had enough interpretations of the original Pride and Prejudice and if there is to be a living dead film look to 28 Days Later it is so well done that it brings dignity to the rather violent and messy horror world. 

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Pride & Prejudice and Zombies  C+      C            C-         C 

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