PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES Family Movie Review2 min read


Review by Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)


Jane Austen's classic tale of class strife and romance is re-imagined in the context of a Victorian undead apocalypse.


It should come as no surprise that a film titled Pride and and Prejudice and Zombies struggles to establish a tone. Based on the book of the same name, the movie shifts gears regularly, and at times awkwardly, between tender romance, horror, action, drama, and comedy, giving the affair a sense of whiplash. Of course, the disparity between Jane Austen and terror is the whole point, but it ends up being less than the sum of its parts. The individual elements work quite well: the zombie effects are memorable, the action is hard-hitting, and the romance connects as well as it can with a limited running time and frequent zombie-slaying diversions.

pride and prejudice and zombies

The cast is excellent. Lily James (Cinderella) makes for a charming and butt-kicking Elisabeth Bennett while Sam Riley is more than adequate as a gravelly-voiced Mr. Darcy. Dr. Who‘s Matt Smith, as the foppish Parson Collins, nearly runs off with the movie with a marvelously funny performance. However, much of the socioeconomic subtext which anchors the original story is underdeveloped (along with many of the supporting roles) and some dramatic moments fall flat. Uneven as it is, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is still entertaining and an utterly unique cocktail.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is rated PG-13. There is no profanity or sexuality. There is plentiful zombie violence and a fair amount of gore for a PG-13 rated film, with bloody attacks, undead decapitations, limbs hacked off, and some frightful zombie effects (decaying faces, etc). Young women wear cleavage-revealing gowns.



Sometimes our first impressions of people are mistaken; a person's true character is often only revealed over time. When it comes to safety and survival, preparation is in the only reliable measure to take.

If you're interested in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I highly recommend the romantic comedy Warm Bodies. Seriously.

Or, if you're looking for something a bit more traditional, try the Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane.

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