We begin facing a zombie and continue with the voice over of a man telling us about the zombies. There is love, humor, lust, Matt Smith acting like a very interesting parson, pride, prejudice, and of course, zombies.
I love zombie movies. I admit this. I watch good zombie movies, bad zombie movies, and everything in-between. I also read every zombie book I can get my hand on. Again, I read good zombie books, bad zombie books, and everything in-between again. I know, even after saying this I know it's problematic since I have admitted to not reading the book for this movie. Maybe now I will, but we shall see.
Back to the movie.
I am not a fan of Jane Austen, but I say this because I am not a fan of most Brit Lit of the time, not because I have actually read Jane Austen. I had to study so much Brit Lit to get my English BA and my Masters that I would rather not read it again. I'm talking the older stuff, not stuff written today. I mean I love Simon R. Green. This movie, while not actually Austen, gave me a new appreciation for Brit Lit in general, and made me think I should read one of her books.
The movie was action packed, and incredibly humorous. The dialogue was fun and witty. I thought, however, that some of the characters were just a tad bit flat. Mr. Darcy was okay, not as interesting as I would have liked, plus he seemed a little badly cast. I don't know if anyone else was bothered by this, or if anyone else will be bothered by it, but the actor, well he has baby teeth. It is like he never lost his baby teeth! I kept starting at his mouth the entire time wishing he had different teeth. The actor who played Mr. Billingsly was WAY too pretty! He was prettier than most of the girls in the movie, this too was distracting to me.
The plot was a little light, everyone was killing zombies and going to balls, the story just didn't seem there between the characters. Plus, there was a little problem of zombies trying to tell Liz things then getting their heads blown off before they were able to spill their secrets. The secrets the zombies were trying to tell were never unveiled and it bothered me.
Now, while I said I enjoyed this movie, I enjoyed it like you enjoy an action film. I kept laughing because it honestly seemed like a film directed towards men, heaving bosoms, military warfare, women fighting and killing zombies in dresses with knives and swords. It was fun, and I like fun. It was about zombies, and it didn't suck the fun out of zombies.
So go, head towards the theater and see it, take a man with you, he will enjoy it too.