Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Director: Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud)
Novel: Jane Austen (kinda), Seth Grahame-Smith (kinda)
Producers: Marc Butan, Sean McKittrick, Brian Oliver, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Allison Shearmur, Tyler Thompson
Starring: Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Matt Smith
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 108 min.

 


I don’t understand the appeal of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” As a fan of Austen, I could never quite figure out why anyone would feel the need to mix the literary classic with the zombie apocalypse. If the goal was simply to turn Lizzie Bennet into a more independent woman, then Grahame-Smith missed the point of Austen’s novel. But alas, I digress.

I had no interest in the book and just as little in the upcoming adaptation. And then the trailer happened. For a moment, I allowed myself a modicum of excitement: this might actually work!

It doesn’t.

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After the Credits Episode 184: February Preview

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He becons many sequels. The role Ryan Reynolds was born to play

Sooooo we sort of missed December due to the festival craziness and then January… well, that was all my fault. That’s what a week of holidays will do to you. It made my brain so mushy I forgot that we were supposed to record and then regular January stuff happened and time just vanished!

It was probably for the best. January at the movies looked absolutely terrible. Good news is, Coleen, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) are back just in time for some of the good stuff to start our year of podcasting off right!

Other stuff mentioned this episode:

– Entrance to the Salmar Theatre in Salmon Arm BC:

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Cool right?

– Colleen and her swanky new mic:

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What you don’t see in this photo: Marina’s microphone envy

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After the Credits Episode 182: November Preview

The stunning Saoirse Ronan

The stunning Saoirse Ronan

We’re fully into awards season and the only thing I can really think about is: where did the year go?

Just the same, there’s still two months left in 2015 and if November is any indication, a lot more movies to look forward to. Coleen, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) manage to completely overlook the fact that we’re a month away from a new Star Wars movie to concentrate on the titles opening this month.

Other stuff mentioned:

– Guy on a Buffalo video

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After the Credits Episode 180: VIFF Dispatch #3

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We did it! We made it through another festival and this year, it seems everyone is in better spirits than in previous years. I’m still disappointed by the relatively small number of movies I managed to see but on a positive note, at least my batting average was generally good.

For this year’s festival wrap show, I’m joined by Bill (@soundjam69) of The Green Screen of Death fame, and the lovely Lisa who makes a return from last year’s wrap show, to count down our favorite festival titles, the bottom of the barrel and touch base on how the festival did as a whole for 2015.

A number of VIFF’s most popular titles are currently playing at the Vancity Theatre. For full details and schedule of the VIFF Repeats, check out the official website!

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After the Credits Episode 179: VIFF Dispatch #2

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I can hardly believe it but the festival is almost over. Where did it go exactly?!

It’s been a few days since we last talked and since then, Bill (@soundjam69) has seen a hundred more movies (exaggeration – but not by much) and I’ve seen a few more, most of them good which brings the good to bad ratio in the favour of good and that, at least, is something worth celebrating.

We will be returning later this week with a final wrap of the festival and to share our top picks but until then, this will keep you informed!

At the tail end of the show I mention a recent episode of the Talkhouse podcast though I picked the wrong genre icon! The episode features Ben Wheatley and Alex Cox (not Richard Stanley – who is also awesome) and you can listen to it here.

For up-to-the-moment updates from the last few days of the festival, be sure to follow us on twitter. Bill is at @soundjam69 and I’m at @themarina.

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After the Credits Episode 178: VIFF Dispatch #1

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We were well into the first week of the festival when we recorded this on Saturday and naturally since it’s now Monday, we’re now even furher into the frey.

Reporting from the trenches (actually the very pleasant courtyard of The Cinematheque on a lovely sunny day!), I’m joined by friend of the podcast Bill Harris (@soundjam69) – who also co-hosts the great The Green Screen of Death with Adrian Charlie (who we talk about in passing and whom you can find @Adrian_Charlie) – as we talk movies so far (or more accurately, he talks movies so far and I occasionally chime in).

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs September 24 to October 9. For full listing of films and tickets, visit the official website.

For up-to-the-moment updates from the festival, be sure to follow us on twitter. Bill is at @soundjam69 and I’m at @themarina.

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After the Credits Episode 177: October Preview

Vin Diesel of the awesome beard!

Vin Diesel of the awesome beard!

Just when you think awards season is upon us, Hollywood goes and unleashes The Last Witch Hunter on us. But worry not because if this isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?!?) there are plenty of other movies to pick from this month if Vin Diesel with a beard isn’t your cup of tea and Coleen, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) preview a whole bunch of them.


Other stuff mentioned on the show:

– Planet Money episode on Jason Blum

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