There’s no point in sugarcoating it: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is absolutely ridiculous. But in a world filled with period dramas that somehow all look and feel similar, it’s surprisingly refreshing to have one film that dares to ask, “Hey, what would happen if we just put zombies in this?”
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” follows the basic plotline of the original Jane Austen novel, except that amidst the parties at Netherfield Hall and comically awkward visits from Mr. Collins, the characters happen to fight off the beginnings of a zombie apocalypse. It’s dumb, but it’s also endlessly creative, and has its fair share of moments that actually work really well with the source material.
It’s immensely enjoyable, for instance, to watch the sexual tension between Darcy and Elizabeth (played by Sam Riley and Lily James, respectively) manifest itself physically, as Darcy’s disastrous proposal leads to an all-out fight scene. Somehow, Lizzie throwing books at Darcy while defending her sister Jane through gritted teeth feels like a thoroughly authentic Elizabeth Bennet moment.