Alexander's movie review is a response to a field trip to see the new movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), as part of our Spring 2016 seminar, Languages of Fear, Racism, and Zombies at Swarthmore College.
The film does a relatively good job in creating the alternative history setting but fell short when it attempts to provide additional information surrounding the rise of the zombies. For example, a little bit of 'pride and prejudice' may have affected the decision to convey that the zombie infection originated from overseas territories, when ironically the opposite was true. In reality, White explorers brought all sorts of diseases that ravaged indigenous populations through their expeditions. Additionally, the description of the sisters' training unnecessarily eroticizes 'The Orient' and the knowledge of faraway lands. Even if one is to disregard the fact that having specialized training in East Asia makes absolutely no socioeconomic sense, the manner in which all of the characters fight in the movie is distinctly Western.
Let us also not forget about the unnecessary sexualization of the sisters. The audience is fed with these absurd scenes of the sisters dressing up in an Amazonian-woman-like fashion, where the camera focuses on the weaponry attached to their corsets and stockings. This is a brilliant reminder of how it is perfectly fine to have strong, independent female characters in movies so long as they are attractive and sexualized so that their external appearance is the crux of their character.
I give this movie a 10 out of 42. I refuse to have my rating make sense because this movie made absolutely no sense, and therefore I shall no longer talk about this movie and move on with my life.