Burke and Hare (2011)
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From John Landis, the director of Animal House and The Blues Brothers, Burke & Hare is adark comedy/thriller staring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher as the unfortunate denizens of 19th century Edinburgh, a setting rife with murder, theft, prostitution, corpse snatching, experimental medicine, and of course Shakespeare. -- (C) IFC Films
|Rating:||R (for some sexual content, disturbing images and language)|
|Genre:||Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy|
|Directed By:||John Landis|
|Written By:||Piers Ashworth, Nick Moorcroft, Ernie Bradford|
|In Theaters:||Sep 9, 2011 Limited|
|On DVD:||Dec 20, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Burke and Hare
Rarely has the ratio of quality talent to dismal returns been as high as in "Burke & Hare,'' a macabre British period piece that's nowhere near as funny as it thinks.
"Burke and Hare" is a waste of a good cast and a better story, as well as a hollow reminder of how John Landis seemingly has lost his touch.
A droll take on one of the most notorious mass-murder cases of the 19th century.
It's just scene after scene of two obnoxious people killing various other obnoxious people.
All of the actors are enjoying themselves, and the movie is stuffed with history, atmosphere and vivid characters. What's in short supply, though, is laughter.
Audience Reviews for Burke and Hare
For a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is surprisingly harmless. Sure, there are plenty of dark-humored jokes about murder and death. but the story never quite manages to make you care about anything that's going on nor exactly burst out with laughter. The comedic timing is off, most of the time. Considering the talent involved here, that's quite shocking. At least the early 19th century Edinburgh setting looks really good. Wasted opportunities aplenty.
Odd, funny little movie...
It's supposedly a horror comedy according to the marketing strategy it used. Question is was it scary? No. Was it funny? Sometimes. The fact is it's been panned since release but it's not an entirely bad movie. John Landis who brought us An American Werwolf in London; a hilarious and original horror comedy has the perfect cast at his disposal. But they were far too restrained by the flimsy script to make full use of their comedic talent. When you have Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis and Ronnie Corbet you have to provide them with the best material and often this film doesn't deliver. There's a lot worse out there, it isn't Shaun of the Dead but Burke and Hare gives off frequent chuckles and a couple good laughs but not enough ultimately to sustain it's running time. It's fair at best.
Burke and Hare Quotes
|William Hare:||A man's going to die from the moment he leaves his mother's womb. Their fate's already been determined.All we'd be doing is helping them along a bit.|
|Helen McDougal:||And what do you do?|
|Burke:||I'm in surgical supplies.|
|Doctor Monroe:||And how are your students enjoying your lectures?|
|Doctor Knox:||Not as much as they are enjoying your wife, sir!|
|Angus:||Now when the demand for a certain commodity exceeds the supply, it creates a business opportunity just waiting for the right kind of clever entrepreneurs to step in.|
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