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|Originaltitel:||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies|
|Genre:||Horror, Romance, Adventure, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 108 Min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
England at the Beginning of the 19th Century: Mrs. Bennet (Sally Philipps) Desperately Trying to Get Her Daughters Under the Hood. But just for the rebellious Liz (Lily James) no candidate, however noble, is good enough. Maybe it will be Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley), whom she meets at a reception in the house of the wealthy Bingleys. So far the story sounds familiar? Yes, this is actually an adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" - but with a big difference to the previous film versions: because in this version Liz and her sisters have to deal not only with pushy admirers, broken hearts and the oppressive conventions of their time, but also with carnivorous zombies. And they do that amazingly well, because they were trained in the martial arts of Shaolin. But when Liz was given the manipulative charm of mr. Darcy's arch-enemy mr. Wickham (Jack Huston) decays, this could mean not only the end of a great love, but also the end of the entire British civilization…
"Pride and Prejudice & Zombies" is based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, who has incorporated an abstruse zombie story into Jane Austen's text. The idea is so wonderfully stupid that it can only be good. Typical Jane Austen romance, mixed with a lot of black humor and martial arts zombie action, that should be enough for a successful genre mash-up. In parts the director Burr Steers ("17 Again") is also quite well done. Especially when the film breaks with the expected conventions and turns the Austen world upside down in a charmingly bloody way, the whole thing is really a lot of fun. But unfortunately this doesn't always work equally well.
This is not necessarily due to the effects, which are disappointingly cheap over long distances. That would be quite acceptable if the rest could be completely convincing. But what hurts the film the most in the end is the fact that the ironic, humorous basic tone, which is struck at the beginning, isn't consistently applied. In some scenes the whole thing stays too long in Jane Austen mode, which will bore horror fans. In some other moments the zombie story takes itself a little bit too serious, which pulls the otherwise pleasantly high fun factor down a bit. This results in an overall picture that is not quite homogeneous, and in its attempt to satisfy different target groups it increasingly loses sight of its very own character.
No question, "Pride and Prejudice & Zombies" has some very successful aspects. Lily James is also a tough zombie killer with sex appeal really excellent cast. Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") plays wonderfully exaggerated and also the rest of the cast convinces with infectious playfulness and portrayals, which are quite believable in a Jane Austen movie as well as in winking zombie action. Yet the end result is simply not fish and not meat. The staging is not consistent enough in any of the individual parts and only makes full use of the great potential behind this weird idea in places. These places are extremely successful and show, which cult potential was given away here. That's why at the end there is also a somewhat disappointing aftertaste, even though there is a lot that is true about the movie. And so there is the "worth seeing" here only with clear exceptions!
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