When I saw the poster of this film I immediately was thinking it would be similar to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter where fiction would be mixed with staying true to some of the original elements. And in a way it is although there is a significant less focus on action and adventure. (Just found out that writer Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of both Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.)
Now I have never read any of Jane Austen's work nor have I seen the movie adaptations. But I have been told by Mrs. P. that this version of Pride and Prejudice was pretty close to the source material. And that is quite astounding if you think about it. I mean how to combine an old novel like that with zombies? Strangely enough it is the zombie element that made me appreciate the story a whole lot more because I don't think I could have tolerated the dramatic romance elements on their own. The zombies allowed comedy to play a crucial role to make sure not everything would be tragic and taken so seriously. Plus it is extremely fun to see serious established female characters to whip out their swords and guns to deal with the undead. Especially if some of the males (I shall not name any names...ok you twisted my arm, Matt Smith) act like damsels in distress. I also liked the fact how everyone acts and accepts that zombies are part of this world. Unlike some people in TV Show The Walking Dead. Who can't get passed the fact that the world as they know it has changed and that they have to adapt to a new way of living. Of course that is a hard thing to do still sometimes you have no choice. If you don't cooperate and refuse to move on you can become a liability and even very dangerous. In a world where women have very little say who they are going to marry it is refreshing to see the same women take full control when dealing with zombies. It makes a nice contrast and does make you think.
Before I decided to watch this film I read some reviews claiming how this film was lifeless and boring. I honestly don't know what they are talking about. It is true that this film is less focused on action, thrills and delivering scares. But there is plenty of good action to keep even yours truly (action aficionado) happy. And seriously would it hurt for some people to listen to some well written dialogue without harsh and rude language.
This film rocks. Pure and simple. Everyone saying otherwise are Neanderthals and learn to need to appreciate the blending of genres especially if it is done so creatively.