We were really close to not reviewing this movie; both because everyone else in the world did, and it didn't really move us to want to wax poetic about it.
In the month since its release, PPZ has only earned $14 million at the box office, and only $10 of that has come from domestic sales. Given that the movie's production budget was only $28 million, to say that it bombed is more than fair.
Critics didn't love it, and it's pretty clear that audiences didn't take to it all that much, which is surprising to us; if nothing else, we assumed that with a crazy premise like that, along with a decent cast, that it would draw the Horror fans out, and become a bit of a Cult Classic. Having now seen it, we understand why it never got that chance.
I remember when Natalie Portman obtained the rights to turn the book into a movie, with plans to star in it herself. It makes me sad to think what this movie could have become, with her involved. Sigh.
*Look, if you want to know anything else about the plot, then go look up the cliff notes for Pride and Prejudice, because there's really no point in recalling this movie's plot here.
|REGENCY ERA ZOMBIES WERE QUITE COMELY.|
Now when I say that, I mean it's decent as a drama, although so many moments of comedy, action, romance, and Horror are thrown in at different intervals throughout, that it's not really fair to call it a drama at all. That's the main issue that we had with this movie; it tries to be so many things at once, that we're not really sure what it was actually supposed to be. Hell, I'm not even sure that the filmmakers themselves know.
First and foremost, the +Zombies aspect of this movie was severely lacking, to the point of them feeling like an afterthought. The only reason I was excited to see this movie was to see how they blended period drama with zombie carnage... only to find that there was very little zombie carnage to be had. I guess you could blame the PG-13 rating for that, but I'm more inclined to blame the lackluster script, and the poor directing.
|WHAT A WASTE OF SEXY POTENTIAL.|
If I can say anything good about the movie, it's that It's a pretty movie to look at, with all of its Regency Era costumes and sets. The cast is also solid, and they do a good job with the material, even if that material is a bit of a jumbled mess of half-assery and watered-down, silly action.
I'm not sure why I expected the guy who wrote the abysmal Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to give us anything better with Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, but I did, and of course, he didn't. Shame on me.
|"YOUNG MAN, YOU ARE QUITE RUDE!"|
|MAN, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN SO BLOODY AND GOOD...|
|THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE.|
|DON'T WORRY, THE BABY IS PERFECTLY SAFE.|
Maybe just wait until it hits Netflix.
Pride + Prejudice + Zombies is in theaters now.
Pride + Prejudice + Zombies had one thing going for it, it was definitely its cast of gorgeous, ass-kicking girls. They've even got their own Horror Hottie post right over HERE!