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PREVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

With a genre that’s ever so talked about regarding video games, movies and tv shows, after a while it can get a little tiresome. So when that happens, it is essential to switch things up; give them a new life or take proceedings in a direction that movie audiences seldom experience. After recently watching the trailer of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I honesty believe there’s some potential that this film can bring the zombie genre back to life.

Based on the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes certain aspects of the classic 1813 Jane Austen story that consisted of love between different classes in the 19th century and plagues it with a horde of zombies. The plot involves protagonist Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her fellow sisters training most of their lives in fighting zombies intent on massacring them and their loved ones, which is where Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) comes into the picture as the love interest to our Elizabeth Bennet, and the two begin their romance as they venture off against the walking dead.

What I find really boring and overdone now days is how most of the recent zombie installments have near enough been the same, which makes this film more interesting than recent zombie attempts because there isn’t anyone walking around with a high powered revolver or a double-gauge shotgun like we see usually; in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the closest thing we are going to get to one of those is a flintlock pistol! The trailer looks pretty bad ass, showing a stylish Victorian setting, with some quite effective looking zombies getting massacred by our impressive female leads.

What is important about the release date of this film (11th of February) is that its to be coming around at an incredibly opportune time. With the film primarily involving a female-fronted cast, it’s therefore joining the likes of Jessica Jones, Mad Max Fury Road and Hunger Games, which have diminished the idea of the damsel in distress in favour of the dominant female protagonist. This, in my eyes, can be better than having the males do the job because we are so use to seeing that now; it brings a new life to a movie when you have a female as the main hero, which is the reason why I think the future installment of Marvel’s Captain Marvel is going to be a quite a success.

What’s going to make this film so stylish and unique is primarily down to its setting. Most zombie flicks are set in big cities; however, for readers who have never made it to Britain, the classic stereotype is quite true. The country side is made up with quaint villages, tree-lined laned roads, and structures older than USA itself. So it will be quite nice to see these ladies fighting this legion of zombies in such a nice and elegant setting.

If you didn’t know this was a zombie movie, you would have thought it might have been the next season of Downton Abbey. In addition to this, it’s such a funny juxtaposition in regards to these women looking very elegant and highly dressed and appearing as if they are ready for a formal dinner party, but instead, they’re chopping off limbs and being splatted in blood, which is what makes this movie so different from what we are use to.

Overall the film looks very sexy, stylish, and entertaining. It’s a new perspective on what you’d expect in a zombie film, and with a well established cast including Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith and Lena Headey, it shouldn’t disappoint. The costumes look breathtaking, the comedy looks hilarious, and the action is what you’d expect in a zombie thriller, just with added swords and Victorian weaponry. Be sure to go watch when it releases later this month!

Are you excited for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? What are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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Steven Galea