Going into this movie, I had the fear that it would have the same major issue as the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the other adaptation of a Seth Grahame-Smith novel: that it would take itself too seriously.
Fortunately, the film had a more satirical, slightly more lighthearted, and far more funny tone than that of Vampire Hunter. I chose not to read the book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies before I saw the movie because I feared the same disappointment, so do keep in mind that this is the perspective of someone who has never read the book, however I did see the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's original starring Keira Knightley, albeit a long time ago.
The plot of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was extremely predictable, even if you don't have even mild knowledge of the plot of Pride and Prejudice. Despite this predictability, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was a lot of fun. The action scenes were enjoyable and there were also a good amount of funny parts.
The actors were pretty good. Lily James did well in her role, as did Sam Riley. Both were enjoyable to follow, and convincing in their stolid feelings. Matt Smith was absolutely hilarious. The film also did some really great things with its cinematography, such as POV shots from the zombies during killings, which were really well done. The film did also, however, contain its share of plot holes and discontinuities. For example, Smith's character says something to the extent of, "The Black Guards are the best trained guards in all of England! They're not even allowed to move!", while one of the guards is very conspicuously looking around.
So overall, I think that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was not even close to as bad as I had feared. In fact, it was quite enjoyable and deserves a watch.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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