Review: Burke and Hare (2010)

Burke and Hare is a black comedy film based upon the “Burke and Hare” Murders in Edinburgh, Scotland around 1820s. The film stars Simon Pegg (Run Fat Boy Run), Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll), Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic), Jessica Hynes (Shaun of the Dead) and Tom Wilkinson (ReCount). The film also boasts a great cast with minor to little roles like Tim Curry, Bill Bailey, Christopher Lee, Reece Shearsmith and Ronnie Corbett. Burke and Hare is directed by John Landis which is his first feature film in twelve years.

Burke and Hare is based on the true story of the murders of the same name. The film follows the exploits of William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) as the fall into the business of producing cadavers for the use of medical learning. The film follows there adventure in trying to conjure up enough bodies to there awaiting  client but as the more murders happens so does the risk and ultimately there capture by the authorities.

I’ll be honest after reading the negative reviews i’d be unsure, but tell you what I really enjoyed it. Great acting from Pegg and Serkis in particular. Some say John Landis is rusty which may be true but I felt the film was wickedly amusing with  the right amount of gore and comedy. It’s not laugh out loud comedy but it brought a smile to me none the less. I would recommend it but don’t expect a full comedy. I’d give the film 3/5.


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