Pride and Prejudice, and Zombies: What would Jane Austen think?

Story by Natalie Przybyla, Staff Writer
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Admittedly so, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was better than expected. The name of the movie may be a little dim, but for a person who likes gore and literary masterpieces, it’s well worth the watch.

The flick focuses on Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James), a middle class eldest daughter of a man who valued his daughters more than a man would from the 1800’s. Elizabeth’s sister, Jane (Bella Heathcote), was very dear to her. Need I remind you, this takes place during a zombie apocalypse. And all the women fight the zombies like Mulan.

Jane soon falls in love with Mr. Bingley (Douglas Booth), who has a very weird mouth and a lot of money. Elizabeth also has some choices of men, including the Burton-esque character, Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), but wants to be respected by her husband. Then, Doctor Who— I mean, Parson Collins (Matt Smith) shows up and makes Elizabeth frustrated.

There are also tons of great disgusting scenes where zombies are slaughtered. But it’s no Tarantino. The movie is PG-13, and even so is packed full of decent actors. And has an excellent story. In reality, it’s Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with more intense graphics… and zombies. The fact that the movie is set in the 19th century is especially interesting, and the actors and actresses do an excellent job of portraying the characters.

The women in the movie are also incredible and strong, which could have any feminist raving over it. Elizabeth is pretty much the most fierce lady London’s ever seen— Mr. Darcy notices that. The story is most definitely a thrilling romance, so it would be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Clinical psychologist Dr. Glenn Walters says that horror films intensify your relationship. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might be a good way to have that balance of horror, love, and humor to make your partner feel closer to you this Valentine’s Day. Celebration! Cinema North has student discounts for $8.50 if you show your Aquinas ID.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies offered a beautiful visual experience directed by Burr Steers, better known for the cult-classic, Pulp Fiction. The movie was dark, although it did not disappoint with political, social, and physical humor. It does not ruin Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, rather, satirized it. Most of the film consists of the story of Pride and Prejudice, but one might be surprised with the addition of the living dead. Although the title doesn’t give it justice, the movie is decent. It might be a good date for the holiday.

About the Writer…

Natalie Przybyla, Staff WriterNatalie Przybyla is a sophomore Women’s Studies major and loves music, art, feminism, and meeting new people. She likes to think of herself like Kanye West thinks abo

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