Directed by Burr Steers. Screenplay by Steers, based on a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, based on a novel by Jane Austen, of course. Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Suki Waterhouse, Douglas Booth, Sally Phillips and Lena Headey.
Plot: it’s basically the original story with zombies
So, if you don’t know the original story, it’s beautiful. It’s about a fierce, young woman in a family full of girls that falls for a really rich guy who’s completely her opposite. Or so she thinks. It’s a long book, which I love. A long movie, which I love. And then there’s this strange addition to the drama, which I really liked.
DJ liked it, too, but not as much. He really doesn’t understand who it’s meant to target except for weird people like me who love both horror movies and epic period pieces. And because I love them so much I can tell you that one of the things wrong with this is Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy. He is no Darcy. Sorry.
The only other thing really, really wrong with the movie is that not all the zombies are the same. While some of them (like the mother and child) are really frightening, some of them are just silly. We wish the specials were more consistent. We both recommend the movie though. It’s a fun time, if not completely ludicrous.
My score: 60. DJ’s score: 53.