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DVD review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (MA) 2.5 stars
Nanjing Night Net

Jane Austen has done well enough, but if she wanted to be really popular with modern audiences, she would have found a way to incorporate the living dead into her work. Seth Grahame-Smith did it for her with his monster mash-up, one of a series of such literary larcenies, here filmed by writer-director Burr Steers.

A zombie plague has been threatening 19th-century England for some time, but people still have to get on with life and the Bennets are no exception. Mrs Bennet (Sally Phillips) is, as in the original story, concerned with marrying off her daughters well even as they train in weaponry and martial arts to battle the ongoing menace.

Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and newcomer Mr Darcy (Sam Riley), as expected, meet and don’t get along from the start, but circumstances keep bringing them together even as the very fabric of society is threatened.

The film is quite well made, played admirably straight by all concerned and has a pretty good cast, though Riley seems somewhat out of place. It stretches the conceit of the title about as far as it will go but ultimately it’s pretty thin stuff. If you want a good adaptation of the original book or a good zombie movie, you’re much better advised to look elsewhere, but if you’re curious how the hybrid plays out, it might be worth a look.

The only extras are a blooper reel and deleted scenes.

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