One of my most favorite love stories is that of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Through the many years since the publication of the novel, penned by Jane Austen, there’s been many variations on the story across the cinematic and novel formats. Today, we’re spotlighting the zombie version with a Lizzy and Mr. Darcy Pride + Prejudice + Zombies OTP Favorites feature. It’s the perfect time to do so, and so, without further preamble, let’s get started.
As is the usual story with this film, I first saw the boo on which it’s based at Borders years ago, scoffed and thought, “no way will I ever read that.” Then, the trailer came out and I thought, “how fun.” Naturally, I had to see the film, but first my “rule” had to be followed to read the novel first. So I did. Needless to say, the rest is history. The film follows the same basic story as Austen’s classic tome about the uptight Mr. Darcy and the bookish, smart Elizabeth Bennet. From two different economic worlds, Elizabeth assumes Darcy thinks her beneath him, and Darcy makes the mistake of insulting her family. But in this version, to add to the insult, they must also fight zombies!
What I do love about this film (which I did re-watch, guys!) is this allows Lizzy and Darcy to fight more than in just words. This gives the opportunity to also show Lizzy and Darcy fighting for and with each other. It’s a more unique approach to the story, and while Austen may not have approved, I do like that distinction to their relationship – though for those that like it, there’s still LOTS of wordplay warring. Let’s have a look at a few of their most swoony romantic moments in this variation, because guys, there ARE SOME MOMENTS!
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1: FIRST LOOK
This isn’t THE best first look I’ve seen, but it’s good. Lily James’ expression is especially telling. One of intrigue, but also curiosity.5 OF THE BEST LIZZY AND DARCY ‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES’ ROMANCE SCENES (OTP FAVORITES) #ELIZABETHBENNET #MOVIES #ROMANCEMOVIES #GOTHIC #GOTHICROMANCE #PRIDEANDPREJUDICE #PERIODROMANCE #PERIODDRAM #MRDARCY #LIZZYANDMRDARCY Click To Tweet
2: WAR OF WORDS
Like any good Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (or Colonel as he is here), these two have their share of words and debates. Darcy may dismiss Lizzy (as usual) at first at the dance, but when he sees how capable and strong she is, physically and later, mentally, he begins to fall in love with her. One of these moments is in the drawing room at Netherfield, and earlier than that, when Lizzy tells Darcy his defect is to “willfully misunderstand people.” A barb to which Lizzy retorts that his is to be “unjustly prejudiced against them.” The look they share as Lizzy’s carriage drives away may be one of verbal sparring partners, but also one, still, of curiosity.
It’s through these exchanges that they learn more about one another, and especially, after charges are leveled at him, some unfairly, Lizzy really comes to understand Darcy better…
The letter scene is good in this one because, while we only have Darcy’s voiceover (and don’t see him penning the missive), we do have Lizzy’s reaction and it’s important. It’s one of reflection, regret, surprise and even compassion.
4: RESCUE AND LOSS
Trying to find Lydia, after she runs off, Lizzy and Jane come to an army of soldiers fighting the zombies, and in a moment of serendipity, Lizzy is there just in time to save Darcy for a brutal zombie. It’s the first moment the pair lock eyes since the letter and while fleeting (because there’s danger!), it’s a solid eye lock. But then…
After a particularly brutal and near-fatal experience for Darcy, all in pursuit of his love, Lizzy and he rush back to safety, where their time to make it before destruction is limited. As smoke billows and an attack is prevented, Lizzy wakes after being knocked unconscious to see Darcy lying prone a few feet away. Crawling over to him, she gently turns him over, crying over his lifeless body fearing she’ll never again speak to him or have opportunity to tell him what she feels. Crying, she tells him:
5: LOVE OF MY LIFE
There’s more than one “reunion” scene between these characters across the many adaptations, but for some reason, this one is all the fangirl feels. I’m not sure what it is, but something about it is beautiful. It’s simple and intimate, and just, well, romance-y. The way Sam Riley plays Darcy in this scene is also perfect, and the simple words he speaks to tell Elizabeth Bennet he still loves her are perfect.
The scene plays similarly to others in his telling her one word will “silence” him on the subject forever, and James’ plays Lizzy with some sass, but also telling as she looks almost as if she’ll speak before she raises her chin (slightly) and remains quiet as Darcy moves closer. He continues, “You are the love of my life Elizabeth Bennet. So I ask you now… half in anguish… half in hope… Will you do me the great great honor, of taking me for your husband?”
Let me tell ya’, for me, it’s all in this moment.
Something about this is just the cherry on top of an actually pretty dang good relationship between these two iconic characters.
Your turn! Which of these moments did you like best? Have you seen this variation on the novel or did you turn your nose up at the “zombies” bit? Do you like this Lizzy and Darcy? Their romance? Comment all of your thoughts down below! Let’s chat.
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