Hello Readers (and Viewers!),
Needless to say after my disappointment with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book, the movie adaptation had a pretty low bar to jump. I went into the theater chanting to myself “please don’t let this suck, please be better.” So maybe… maybe *sigh* that’s why I had a fun time watching this movie?
Now the criticisms from critics aren’t unjust. There are many flaws in the film that I think stem from one major mistake: This movie didn’t know what it wanted to be. The film tries to be a funny-horror combo, a romantic drama, and an action flick all at once. Due to all these different elements being juggled around nothing 100% succeeded. Half the jokes fell flat, the pacing was too slow to be action-packed, and zombies are welcomed when seen but were few and far between.
And then the romance. I think this movie was definitely geared more towards Pride and Prejudice fans than horror/zombie fans, but because of everything going on there isn’t much chemistry building between Elizabeth and Darcy. Hell, I don’t know why Jane and Bingley are together and why I should care in this movie.
The gentleman who played Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) was way too flat and brooding. There’s only one scene of chemistry between Riley and Lily James and they are kicking the tar out of each other. I think it worked because action is the only thing that animates Riley. But ultimately this movie fails as a romance.
And the list continues.
So why did I enjoy myself? Because the moments the movie got right they got right really well. Lily James was fierce and on point. I love the juxtaposition of the sisters’ femininity and masculinity while fighting. Even though the world of this movie was zany it was way more believable than the book.
I chuckled here and there but the person who brought the humor was… and I can’t believe I’m going to say this… Matt Smith. He slayed as Mr. Collins (pun intended). For the first time ever I wanted more Matt Smith AND Mr. Collins.
So yes, the movie had major faults, but it didn’t make the movie terrible. Sadly I fear that it’s just forgettable. I don’t see myself running out to buy the movie on Blu-Ray.
But still, it was better than the book.