CP THROWBACK REVIEW
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
The main plot is still the travails of the Bennett sisters as they seek husbands, in particular the lively Lizzie’s courtship with haughty Darcy, here upgraded to a famed zombie detector and killer. The romance is played straight, and quite enjoyably by a keen cast. Downton Abbey’s Lily James plays Lizzie, and Sam Riley’s Darcy is deliciously dark and broody, with a floppy hairdo, and a divine cloak-like black leather jacket. (It’s as if he’d tumbled out of an especially heartsick 1990s indie-pop band.) But in this version, the young ladies are trained in “both the female arts and deadly arts,” allowing Lizzie to deliver such arch shade as, “I would trade my Shaolin training for nothing.” In fact, the social intrigue is so pleasurable — Matt Smith kills as the hapless cousin Collins — that I was irked when a particularly fruitful bit of repartee was interrupted by a zombie. (And it made me wish the increasingly tedious Walking Dead had more icily witty banter.) The film’s final third is more action-intensive, but thankfully, there is also a wedding — as there should be.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, and iTunes.