Yes, I’m a month late talking about this movie.
But, I had a book to launch in February, so that’s my excuse. Slightly spoilerish stuff ahead, ahoy!
Anyway, as the resident Fanfictionista, I have to tell you how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED this movie!
There are PPZ purists who object that the movie didn’t follow the book, which was already meta. But this movie was meta meta, and it worked so well. It took all the best bits of Jane Austen’s original, played it with a straight face, and then kept the action and emotion moving and true to the principles for what makes a great movie.
I am not going to get into the whole book vs. movie debate about how you do adaptations because I don’t think there is really a debate. They *have* to be different because we as biological creatures process different stimuli…well…differently. ‘Nuff said.
I feel that the movie was, in fact, fan fiction of the books, which was in its own way fan fiction of the original. See where I got the meta meta thing now? Right. But, in making the bold choice to follow where a screenplay should go instead of doggedly following the book, the movie comes right back to the heart of the principles of fan fiction, which is taking a story you love on a journey of possibilities.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the movie comes right back to the heart of the principles of fan fiction, which is taking a story you love on a journey of possibilities.
Stuff and Things I Loved: The paper pantomime at the beginning, Charles Dance (and I might just be committing sacrilege by saying that I would rather have had more Charles Dance than Matt Smith, but so be it), the very last scene during the credits, and the way the Bennet sisters took playfully squealing sisterly fights to a new, straight-faced, and deadly level.
Stuff and Things I was Pleasantly Surprised By: The changes to George Wickham’s story and St. Lazarus, the characterization of Lady Catherine, the portrayal of Mrs. Bennet, and Mr. Darcy (it really wasn’t until I heard his voice that I bought the character, but then OMG YES BLACK LEATHER COAT!).
Stuff and Things I wish Were Different: Am I the only one who is disappointed that we didn’t get a Lizzy/Darcy dance at the Netherfield ball? Also, I could have used a LOT more Lizzy/Darcy scenes and less of Parson Collins. Matt Smith did a great job – no doubt – but Mr. Collins in this retelling is like seasoning a story with salt. A little goes a long way, and I found this a bit on the salty side.
Will I Buy it?Oh heck yes!