Alea Martino, Reporter
Almost everyone has heard of the book Pride and Prejudice. But Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Now that’s a bit different.
In the classic tale of Pride and Prejudice, a young girl named Elizabeth Bennet lives in 19th century England with her four other sisters, a reclusive father, and a mother who is determined to find each of her daughters a husband. She meets Mr. Darcy, an arrogant, prideful man, who falls in love with her while she in turn loathes him. Later in the book, she realizes that all along she had been prejudiced beyond reason, and eventually falls in love with him as well. In this original story, there is no mention of the undead whatsoever. It is a classic tale, simple and straightforward. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, however, is a bit more complicated. Yes, there are some parts that are like the ones in the book, some quotes and actions that remain the same, but almost everything is different. For one, the five daughters are warriors instead of normal girls, as they have to know how to defend themselves against the undead, there are some breaches in etiquette that would have been scandalous if not for the Zombies, and one of the most hated characters is actually nice in the Zombie remake. All of these changes are necessary, however, since the storyline is that the undead are walking the streets and everyone must be on their guard. The love story is the same, and I suspect that it always will be. Elizabeth Bennet is a headstrong, capable girl who attracts the attention of the still-arrogant, prideful Mr. Darcy, who is also very adept at killing zombies. At first she hates him, but comes to love him near the end of the film, as she does in the original story. All in all, it is different, though some find this fact to be a good thing, and not a fault at all.
A review in The Observer states “The result lacks bite – the one element that zombies and Austen should have in common.” Suggesting that the movie was slightly dull and that Austen and zombies…. well, they just don’t mix naturally. However, to each his own. There are many different opinions of this movie, a general mix of good and bad. Ben Kendrick of Screen Rant writes “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is unwieldy horror-comedy - delivering an amusing but gimmicky blend of Regency-era romance and zombie mythology.” So if you want a slightly gruesome twist on one of the most famous love stories ever written, then Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is for you.
“I was very wary of the new film when I heard about it,” said Sam Weber,a senior currently attending Mission Viejo High School. “I just thought that the original was too good to mess with, but when I eventually did watch the Zombie version, I actually found it to be very entertaining.” This seems to be many people’s view on the new movie, though some people who liked the movie still think that the classic should not have been messed with. “I admit, I like the Zombie Pride and Prejudice movie,” said Cathy Heath, a sophomore at Dana Hills High School. “But I think Jane Austen would be rolling in her grave if she could see what had become of her story.” Yes, they all agree that the film is different, and it is the viewer’s decision to chose whether or not that’s a good thing
Though there are many different opinions of the movie, there are some cold, hard facts that remain the same; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is VERY different from the original Pride and Prejudice, there is some serious a**-kicking that takes place, and there is romance and zombies. If this combination of odd, albeit undoubtedly action-filled things appeals to you, than it may not be a bad idea to give it a try, and form your own opinion.
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