After only a week run around my local theatre, the film grossed $16.4 million globally based on a budget of $28 million. I was looking forward to the film with its intriguing trailer, where it was focused on the old fashioned time period of the 1800’s, then adding zombies into the mix, I was hoping for a ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ type of vibe – which I’m one of the only people out there that really like that film.
‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’, based upon the 2009 novel by author Seth Grahame-Smith of the same name, explores a wealthy family where their daughters have been training for killing zombies in China, where they chose to be hunters instead of finding love, where the film even mentions you can’t have both. However, the mother wants her daughters to find wealthy bachelor princes and too much success, one of her daughters actually falls in love with a prince named Bingley that Jane is destined to wed. However, zombies can emerge anywhere, even at a well populated ball.
This film has some genuine laughs and some of the action is engaging to watch, however I found that there isn’t as much action that I thought was in the film, not to the degree of ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’. It focuses more on its romance side, and while that isn’t that big of a complaint, I wished there was more of a balance between the two, as sometimes it got a tad bit boring at times when it focuses strictly on who’s falling in love with who. I mean, the amount of proposals Elizabeth rejects in this film is a ton.
Concluding, ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ has moments of action, romance and comedy, however it isn’t as well-balanced when some elements take the spotlight for a long duration of the film.