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
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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.
To call it a black comedy is probably misleading: It's grey at best, and apart from a few scattered chuckles, it dies as quickly and gracelessly as Burke and Hare's victims.
Burke And Hare is a damning return for Ealing. It's self conscious and off putting cameos ruin the film. Full of misjudged humour, mixing immature humour with overly mature gore makes this one not funny in the slightest.
Landis is too out of practice. I'm not sure 1981 Landis would have nailed it, but I know 2011 Landis doesn't.
A misfire to be sure, Burke & Hare's comedic timing feels one step off, resulting in a film with solid performances and an amusing story, but not many laughs and not much replay value.
Not a first-ranked film, but for fans of horror or even just comedy, BURKE AND HARE is will worth seeing.
'Burke & Hare', it's all a bit Monty Python without enough Monty or Python.
Landis, the master comic talent behind Animal House and An American Werewolf in London, falters with this rusty comeback, his first feature since 1998.
...simply too mild - it's neither very scary nor very funny. It's not great.
Expectations can be a bad thing for movies, and Burke And Hare is a good example of this.
A mildly funny dark comedy with iconic British wit and tongue-in-cheek humor.
John Landis returns with a macabre spoof of Enlightenment Scotland, starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as entrepreneurial serial killers furthering the cause of science...and the arts.
The actors give the whole thing a sense of genial goodwill, but that's not exactly what you want out of a movie about two craven murderers.
Audience Reviews for Burke and Hare
Movies Like Burke and Hare
- 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.
- Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.
- Burke: We no money to speak of, no plan.
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