Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Film review - Lily James's kick-ass take on Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Lily James, Bella Heathcote
Lily James and Bella Heathcote in Screen Gems' PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. (Image credit: Jay Maidment)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Lily James turns Jane Austen's beloved heroine Lizzie Bennet into a kick-ass zombie-slaying warrior.

Lily James and Bella Heathcote in Screen Gems' PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. (Image credit: Jay Maidment)

The notion of Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy battling zombies in a Regency England overrun with the undead is such a sublimely silly idea that it's a great shame this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn't more fun.

Lily James plays things admirably straight as the film's warrior heroine, a Lizzie who has been combat trained in China and who trades blows as well as barbed repartee with Sam Riley's haughty zombie-hunting Darcy. Lena Headey cuts a dash as a formidably martial, eye-patch-wearing Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Matt Smith is gloriously awful as unctuous parson Mr. Collins.

All the same, the script isn't as sharp as its heroine's blades and the joke does wear thin fairly quickly.


Certificate 15. Runtime 107 mins. Director Burr Steers

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available on Digital Download and is released on Blu-ray & DVD on 27 June, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


  • Gag reel
  • Deleted scenes
  • Creating the Unmentionables - a look at how the design team created the look of the 19th-century zombies.
  • From Austen to Zombies: Adapting a Classic - how Seth GrahemeSmith gave Jane Austen's classic a zombie twist.
  • Mr Collins Line-O-Rama - mash-up of Matt Smith's funniest lines and moments in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
  • The Bad Ass Bennet Sisters - a look at the training process and stunts.
  • Courtship, Class and Carnage: Meet the Cast - cast profiles.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.