《傲慢與屍變》-打喪屍 談談情

《傲慢與屍變》打喪屍談談情

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文 歌德古堡

Jane Austen是我最喜愛作家之一,一生作品不多,其中《傲慢與偏見》(Pride and Prejudice)最為精彩上佳、與《理智與感性》(Sense and Sensibility)、《愛瑪》(Emma)是Jane Austen三大被改編得最多的作品。近年流行的mash up創作風潮下誕生了《Pride and Prejudice and Zombies》,其實有關《傲慢與偏見》的創作一直不曾停止,例如《Bridget Jones’s Diary》故事原型就是《傲慢與偏見》,2008年英劇《Lost in Austen》裡女孩穿越時空來到《傲慢與偏見》的世界,英國著名的犯罪小說家P.D. James也曾寫過一本《Death Comes to Pemberley》,數年前我也曾看過一本以Mary Bennet為主角的小說《The Independence of Miss Mary Bennet》,基本上與《傲慢與偏見》相關的創作是每年都有推陳出新的,當中的改編亦有參差。

身為Jane Austen粉絲的我,認為電影《傲慢與屍變》(Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)這個改編算是不俗。

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幾位主角愛情線源用上不少原著對白。

"She’s the most beautiful creature I ever beheld."(Mr. Bingley第一次在舞會上看見Jane Bennet如此說)

“From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”(當時Elizabeth與Darcy是打著架的,很有趣。)

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” (老豆Mr. Bennet成日以幽默感對抗老婆)

Lily James;Bella Heathcote

當然不少日常情節會修改配合Zombies主題。

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” (Jane Austen的名句之一,被修改由講婚姻變成喪屍,也很幽默。)

“The business of Mr. Bennett’s life was to keep his daughters alive. The business of Mrs. Bennett’s was to get them married.”(作者及編劇Seth Grahame-Smith修改的方向還是保留了Jane Austen的幽默感,例如Bennet夫婦對女兒的差異,Mr. Bennet平時不問世事,而老婆Mrs. Bennet則經常去推銷女兒。)

"My daughters are trained for battle, sir, not the kitchen."(Mr. Bennet回應Mr. Collins的讚美,原著是由Mrs. Bennet回應,他家絕對能力養得起一位廚師,女兒不用親自下廚。)

眾多角色最大驚喜絕對是原本反對Elizabeth (Lizzy)和Darcy結合的Lady Catherine de Bourgh,電影中竟變了一個名震中外的獨眼龍殺手,性格開明,是撤底的改變,完全脫離了之前的古板的舊有形像(2005年Judi Dench就是好例子)。後來與Elizabeth和好,在喪屍大戰中亦發揮了地主應有的角色,收留了Bennet一家。

"I do not know which I admire more. Your skill as a warrior or your resolve as a woman"(Lady Catherine de Bourgh在Elizabeth打敗了她的打手後如此說,十分欣賞她的功夫和她捍維愛情的決心。)

“No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety.” (原文Ninja是governess,笑位之一)

當然喪屍不時來襲,部份更留有人性,會扮人。
"I was unaware that zombies possessed such acuity so as to set such traps. Before we know it, they’ll be running for Parliament."(Mr. Collins目襲喪屍會扮人後如此說。)

Lena Headey

《傲慢與屍變》的主題不再只是婚姻和愛情,還要懂得在喪屍橫行的亂世中生存,可看到就算喪屍已佔領了南部,在北部的人們依然有一定程度的正常社交活動(包括很重要的舞會),愛情線沒有被喪屍主題掩蓋過。Elizabeth與Darcy及Jane與Mr. Bingley的愛情線息息相關不能減省,為了騰出空間給喪屍這條支線,導演兼編劇Burr Steers選擇減省了Caroline Bingley暗戀Darcy的支線,Charlotte Lucas嫁給Mr. Collins也是草草略過(是有點可惜,因為Mr. Collins角色是十分可笑的),亦將Mr. Wickham與Lydia的關係修改為Mr. Wickham是喪屍主腦這個終極大奸角,當然Lizzy與Darcy救妹的情節,由原著的Darcy給了一筆Mr. Wickham可接受的金錢與Lydia結婚,電影變成了喪屍對英軍的大戰。也減省了不必要的配角例如Lizzy的叔叔與嬸嬸Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner,減省了Lizzy與Darcy妹妹Georgiana相見場面,而Lizzy幾位妹妹角色相對較為平面,Lizzy與Jane的姊妹情著默墨不多。

二人的求婚場面原來的口舌之爭外亦打晒交十分有趣,Jane Austen寫的Lizzy到Darcy的家Pemberley這個重要場面沒有發生,變成喪屍大戰,已有生死相隨之感,亦編排得合理。說了這麼多,讀者大概都猜到不少文戲,(之前Seth Grahame-Smith的mash up改編電影《Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter》則是動作片),幾位主角Lily James、Sam Riley、Douglas Booth、Jack Huston和Bella Heathcote的文戲表現比想像中理想。新一代的Lizzy與Darcy脫離了傳統角色柜柜,與Keira Knightley的boyish演釋、Jennifer Ehle的古典和Greer Garson的佻皮相比,Lily James確立了硬朗的Lizzy形像;Sam Riley的外型和嚴肅,冰冷,讓人感到難以親近的性格與傳統的Darcy形像,如Colin Firth、Matthew Macfadyen、紳士的Laurence Olivier相比分別不大,但穿起皮褸的Sam Riley型格指數絕對是爆燈的。

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