Flash Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

When I put food on my dinner plate, I do not want the different servings I took to touch each other. For example, I do not want the mashed potatoes to be mixed in with the sugar snap peas, nor do I want anything touching my turkey burger. It is okay, you can  call me crazy; I have heard it before. I do not care because the first time I saw a TV dinner tray with its individual compartments for the different food items, I thought it was the ideal way to serve people their meals. Being a visual type of eater, if something does not look good to me I will not touch it. Now I certainly do not force my feelings onto anyone else and will gladly sit with someone who is spooning a conglomeration of food items into their mouth. Actually, it never occurred to me to mix different foods; heck I did not think one could mix different silverware. If you are wondering if I have these same types of rules in other areas of my life the answer would be yes. I have always been most comfortable when things around me have a sense of symmetry. Now here is the funny thing; though I am still the same way about food, a slow change has been taking place in me over the past years when a friend asked me if I had seen this video mashup of two singing artists’ songs. I had never heard that word before so I looked it up and found it meant a mixture of disparate elements. When I finally saw that video I was fascinated; it was such a creative and cool idea. It is because of that video I started looking at things differently. Isn’t that bizarre? Is it any crazier than the mashup done in this romantic horror film?    WHEN Elizabeth Bennet, played by Lily James (Cinderella, Broken), first met Mr. Darcy, played by Sam Riley (Maleficent, On the Road), she found him to be such a snob. Though her mother was hoping to see her daughter wedded off, Elizabeth did not need a man; she could take care of herself quite well as a matter of fact. I was so surprised by this action movie that took author Jane Austen’s (Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park) classic story and infused it with the zombie genre. The story pretty much was kept intact but I did enjoy the sly humor and the fact that Elizabeth and her sisters were now skilled in the marital arts. The writers were not going for a parody or comedy; they kept the story as level as one can with flesh eating zombies and they made it work actually. Take the story for what it is, this film may not be high art or a new classic; but for a fun viewing experience with a twist and a teardrop, this mashup was pretty good. Several scenes with blood and violence.

 

2 1/2 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 10, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I’m a zombie fanatic so my brother gifted me this book when it was first published. It’s the only book in well over a decade that I’ve not managed to finish. At the time, however, I did think it had the potential to be a fun movie. I might well give this one a shot, therefore, even though I didn’t enjoy the book.

    PS My oldest son is the same way as you about not wanting his foods to touch.

    • I am now curious to read the book. If you see this do let me know what you thought of it. Nice to hear I am not alone once again, so you were able to see exactly what I was saying about my food. Thanks for the comments.

  2. Love a wee zombie movie for a bit of light relief so mashing it with Pride + Prejudice sounds like something a little bizarre so I’d probably enjoy it – thanks for the comments and the trailer. As for different foods touching – whatever works for you – I have my own issues so who am I to judge! 🙂

  3. Now , I agree with you about mashup… I was surprised with myself when I liked mash-up song.. I was sooo sure I would not like it , but it is cool and very artistic. Perhaps time to see mash-up movie now 🙂

  4. You know, I saw the preview to this; and it was one of those things that make you go, “It looks so weird, I think I might like it.” 🙂

  5. I can see this being one of those “cult” movies after time. I do know other people with that “food touching other food” phobia. (Is it a phobia or just a dislike? Something to ponder…)

  6. I love horror and Jane Austen, so I was geeked to see a trailer for this movie. I think as a stand alone film general audiences will enjoy it….but as for the book, I feel like you have to be a true Austen fan to really appreciate the parody. Hopefully this movie gets more people to dive into the wonderful world of Jane Austen!

  7. As a middle school librarian, I bought a copy for our library, but almost no one read it but me. It’s more suitable for high school. You really have to have read the original to enjoy it—or to recognize that it’s not a parody at all, but Pride and Prejudice verbatim, with additional zombie scenes. I enjoyed it, though, and look forward to seeing the movie.

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