Walking up the escalator in the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, it was just another day for me. Another advance screening, another movie review – nothing special.
“Are you here for the PPZ advance screening?” I hear as soon as I’m up the escalators.
“Yes – I’m here from SPC.”
“We’re sorry, it’s completely sold out – it’s packed in there.”
What? I was so confused – I usually get to these things fairly early, and there’s never been a time where there hasn’t been a seat.
That’s when I knew this was going to be a good one.
I’m going to start by saying this movie was one of the most bad ass girl power movies I’ve ever seen*
*(a nice eONE employee made sure I got in… Pays to know people kidding slash not).
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, and grew up reading Jane Austen books – there’s no denying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a movie you HAVE do see this week. And if you’re not a fan of The Walking Dead, and have never read a single word out of a Jane Austen book, you’ll love just as much.
Following the basic outline of Pride and Prejudice, even including the dialogue, PPZ holds a special emphasis on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Immediately into the movie, you find out that Elizabeth and her four sisters are actually highly trained warriors raised to survive against the undead, (that’s where the kick ass action scenes come in – like you won’t be disappointed if you’re an action movie fanatic) after a radical resurgence of zombie attacks have taken over the countryside. Mr. Darcy (whose comedic timing is impeccable) has come around to help eradicate the threat.
What follows is an action-packed, suspenseful, hilarious, jump out of your seat (legit happened to me a few times) kind of flick that you can’t take your eyes off of. Yes, there were a few scenes where it gets pretty gruesome; but you’re so into the movie that you find it hard to look away, squished zombie head and all.
The Biggest Surprise
I walked into PPZ not having a true idea of what the vibe was going to be – and in the first 10 minutes, I still didn’t know if I should be scared (a la Paranormal Activity), or if laughing was the appropriate thing to do. Fast forward just a couple of scenes, and the refreshing humour and wit of PPZ was clear as day; something I was definitely not expecting, but also what made me love it even more.
Every couple of minutes you hear laughter roaring from the audience – not the forced kind, the kind that you just can’t hold in. Pair that with an underlying tension that a zombie could pop out at any second, and you have a perfect mix of horror, comedy and thrill.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a LONG time. At the end of the day, it’s safe to say that not everyone would be down to see a Jane Austen movie – but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies IS a movie that everyone will love.
Check out the trailer here, and see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in theatre!