Burke & Hare (2010)

Times are tough in Edinburgh Scotland in the mid-19th century.  Espically for the director of one of the country’s top anatomy colleges.  The head of one of the other medical schools has greased the wheels of the goverment, and now he gets all of the fresh bodies in town.  Now the one head is in desperate need of some corpses, it’s a good thing that two job-less losers need to make some quick schllings.  After hearing about the body shortage at the pub, Burke (Simon Pegg) and his partner Hare (Andy Serkis) return to their boarding house to find a fresh stiff; and a new occupation is born!  Too bad there aren’t many dead bodies just lying around, so they have to take some initiative and make a few.

After committing a few murders, these two are rolling in the pounds; Hare is able to make his drunkard wife happy again, while Burke is able to finance a play for a former prostitute he loves.   It isn’t long before people are on to their murder for profit gig. Everyone wants a cut or wants to put them in the clink.  These guys are now on the run from a bumbling militia and one of them has to take the fall for their crimes.  Who will it be, and will Burke ever get some play from that prude hooker?  Cameos from Christopher Lee and Tim Curry cap off this slap-stick comedy directed by long-absent John Landis.

Alex’s Thoughts: Once you figure out that this this is a comedy, it goes a lot smoother.  At first you can’t really tell, but it sets in to a good pace after about 15 minutes.  It has Simon Pegg, so that is all you really need to know. There are some good laughs throughout. Being based on true story it is hard to believe that a lot of this stuff really happened, but apparently it did.  It’s a fun watch and goes by really quickly, which is always a sign of a good flick.  Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim’s Thoughts: It’s nice when a director that used to be great can turn out a little gem of a movie. Also good to see Serkis get to use his own face for a change, you may know him as Golem, or King Kong, but you should give his Hare a look. Once I caught on that this movie is filled with slap-stick I was able to sit back and enjoy it. Lots of funny characters populate this under appreciated film, and I hope our little blog gets just one or two people to see it, and recommend it. Tim Rates This Movie: 8/10

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