The joke has run its course, guys.

Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge – an army of undead zombies.

I’m going to sound like a total hipster here, but before the big influx of zombie movies and TV shows about a decade ago, I was an enormous zombie fan. To this day, in spite of an oversaturation of zombie media, they remain some of my favourite monsters. But man, I’ve just never been into the whole Pride & Prejudice & Zombies thing. Like, the joke was funny the first time – funny enough that I saw the book and cracked a smile, thinking “Huh, that’s amusing.” But I never bought the book, I never read the book, and the humour of it wore off so quickly that I didn’t care at all about Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters or Android-karinina or any of those other books. I saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but it was dumb. So all of this to say: why should anyone care about Pride & Prejudice & Zombies as a movie? Who is the audience for this? At least with the book you could justify dropping ten bucks on it to give your friend a laugh and a conversation piece for their shelf. You could even pass it around for multiple people to read it, if you wanted. But do you think anyone will be able to justify shelling out $15 a pop on this film? The boyfriends won’t be into Jane Austen enough to sit through the Jane Austen parts, and the blood and guts will likely turn off the ladies who love Jane Austen enough to want to see a bizarro take on the text. If they aren’t insulted by the bastardization of their favourite novel in the first place. I’m calling it now: this movie will not do well.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies comes out February 5, 2016.

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