After months and months of anticipation, the wait is finally over! ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ hit cinemas on the 11th of February in the UK and after being eager to see it for so long, I ensured that I saw it in that first week. With an all-star cast including Lily James, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith, expectations were held high.
Based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ revolves around the five Bennet sisters in 19th century England. Their mother is eager to marry them off to wealthy suitors, while their father is much more preoccupied with their survival in a country that seems to be infested with zombies.
The two become intertwined when one sister, Jane, falls for Mr Bingley and another – much to her denial and dissatisfaction – Elizabeth, catches Colonel Darcy’s eye all the while zombies are popping up here, there and everywhere.
What I liked so much about this film was the strong female leads. The women clearly overrule the men while kicking zombie ass, and Elizabeth’s determination to stick to her beliefs in not wanting to marry anyone she feels no affection for gives ‘PPZ’ the empowering womanly feel that would leave anyone of the gender believing that they can do anything.
There’s something for everyone in this film. Action, romance, fantasy and a few comedic moments, it’s one for fans of all genres – even the periodic drama enthusiasts. Admittedly, I haven’t read the book nor have I read or watched the classic ‘Pride & Prejudice’ so cannot truly compare, but as a new fan of this interesting mash-up, I am obsessed. ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is definitely being added onto my ‘to-read’ list.