The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” movie didn’t have an easy road on its way to theaters. At one point, it was stuck in development for several years. After watching an early screening of the comedy thriller, I can see why.
Seth Grahame-Smith used what he believed were the perfect ingredients: romance from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” female action, and, of course, zombies. It worked for the book adaptation, why not a film, right? Wrong. The time period for “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” to be a hit has come and gone.
“P&P&Z” changed its cast and directors several times before settling on a permanent crew. Grahame-Smith wasted no time while his potential movie was up in the air. The author went on to write “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” which became a movie in 2012. Now, after seven long years, audiences can finally go watch the “P&P&Z” story come to life.
The results? Talk about anti-climatic! The performances reflect how long it took to make this movie, as the cast appears bored and wanting to get this over with. Or perhaps it’s the audience that is bored. Zombies? Yawn. We get enough undead love from “The Walking Dead,” “iZombie,” and a gazillion other shows. Seriously, if your name isn’t Rick Grimes (or if you don’t know a Rick Grimes), we’re not interested in following your story.
I don’t think everyone would consider “P&P&Z” a disaster though. I believe teens and adults under 20-22 might find it entertaining. Fans of the book might also enjoy seeing some of these characters come to life. Matt Smith, who portrays Mr. Collins, for example, is hilarious. His scenes were a lot of fun. Still, I can’t say the movie is worth seeing (and paying for) just for him.
If you’re not familiar with the original book and movie or the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” novel, the plot is simple:
Elizabeth Bennet, one of the five Bennet sisters, is witty, sharp, and very prideful. She meets Mr. Darcy, a wealthy man who behaves as if he is above all others, has no time for fun, and is just as full of pride as Elizabeth. The two don’t like each other, but then again, they really do. However, both have too much pride to give in to their feelings. Plus, you know, zombies get in the way.
Verdict: A few fun moments aren’t worth the trip — Skip it.
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is now in theaters everywhere.