so much better than mr. and mrs. smith

“The Doctor Versus Mr Clever” - Digital Oil Painting

I liked this episode because Matt Smith really showed his range for acting in it. Mr Clever was very chilling, so smug and damn it, he’s not supposed to be attractive, but he is! Matt might not have had the best scripts, but he had his moments and this was one of them, I think.

This is NOT a Photoshop filter, every stroke is painted by me.

Reasons to See Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

(light spoilers follow)

1) It’s exactly what it says on the tin.

It’s Pride and Prejudice. If there were also zombies around at the time. You’ll get the familiar plot, the impassioned speeches, and the very proper behavior… even when sometimes they’ve got to take a minute out from a ball to slaughter an impending zombie hoard.

One of my favorite moments is when Elizabeth is kicking zombie as and Darcy is in the wings telling Bingley how hot she looks right now. Bingley, meanwhile, gives him a look like “Wtf, seriously? Right now?”

2) See some familiar faces in delightful roles.

GoT’s Lena Headey appears as Lady Cathrine, the best swordswoman in all Britain. She’s a complete badass (though sadly we don’t really get to see her fight, but she’s awesome nonetheless).

Also from GoT, Charles Dance plays Mr. Bennet, the father who makes sure his daughters can defend themselves from the zombie threat. After all, Mrs. Bennet, isn’t their immediate survival more important than their marriages?

Matt Smith gets to be a super-dorky Parson Collins, which I have to say, seems like a role he was born to play. Though we’ve seen him as a sometimes-serious Doctor, him being a goofy dork seems to work much better for him, and is utterly delightful.

3) Holy crap it’s so pretty.

Regency outfits + leather + knives is my new aesthetic. I cannot even.

Buildings get the same treatment as the people… you have these gorgeous big houses, but outfitted with barbed wire and spikes and moats and such.

Just…. so pretty.

And even the stuff that isn’t pretty (aka zombies) is really well done. Makeup is great. It’s not super-inventive, but it’s solid, and I think they were trying to make sure it didn’t get too gross. This movie isn’t really about that.

4) I want them to make Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Please give them money. This movie was fun and I would love to see more of it. Wouldn’t Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters be fun? Think Regency + Bioshock. I want it.

It’s just a fun movie. It’s delightful. The acting is solid. It looks great. I’m so glad they made it into a movie.