"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is classic for the ages. This romance is set in the midst of the zombie outbreaks in England of the Regancy era, roughly the first decade of the nineteenth century. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Bennet sisters and their parents as they seek affluent husbands, so they can establish themselves in the upper tiers of English society, while defending themselves from the zombie menace. The Bennet sisters are only modestly accomplished at the womanly arts, but gifted in the martial arts. Notably, their father chose to send them to a Shaolin temple in China rather than for schooling by samurai in Japan, as was the habit of the moneyed classes. In this setting, Elizabeth, a willful and intelligent girl (both undesirable traits in a prospective bride of Regency England) scorns an affluent and eligible bachelor, Mr. Darcy, a zombie hunter, while attracting his attention. There is competition for Mr. Darcy's affections, the difficulties faced by the other Bennet sisters, other suitors, and of course. numerous zombies.
I enjoy this movie greatly. I am not much of a fan for Jane Austen or zombie movies, but this reworking of an English classic succeeded for me. There was humor, horror, action, and romance in equal parts while preserving the main elements of Austen's novel. I am not suprised that it worked so well, as the cast was stacked with some of the best talent of our time, especially Charles Dance, Lena Headley, Lily James, and a brilliant performance by Matt Smith as the inept Mr. Collins.
E.M. Van Court