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4.0 out of 5 stars Mischeviously macabre!, 2 May 2011
This review is from: Burke and Hare [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Wow. The reviews on this film are such a mixed bag and each one in turn has its point to make. I really enjoyed it myself. Simon Pegg's slightly self-conscious contrast to Andy Serkiss's more businesslike and cold attitude to their unorthodox enterprise of providing cadavers to anatomy lecturer Dr Knox (Tom Wilkinson)was a great dynamic. Serkis frequently pulls off a sinister role with such finesse (e.g Ian Brady in Longford - disturbing!) and this is no exception. There are slight inaccuracies to the true story (which I won't bore you with - Crime and Investigation channel frequently do a B&H rerun!), but altogether this was watchable and funny. OK, so it's not a laugh a minute, as many were critical of, but the nature of black comedy is that the humour is subtle, understated and a little unsavoury. There are lots of familiar faces in this, including Tim Curry as Knox's rival, Dr Munro, Jessica Stevenson as the ever drunk but equally malicious Mrs Hare, and Ronnie Corbett as McLintock, the chief of the militia hell bent on getting his man. Dilemmas with rigor mortis, grave robbing and arterial blood spurt made this wickedly delicious. Brief cameos by Bill Bailey (as the part-time narrator cum hangman), Paul Whitehouse (as a drunkard toff who narrowly escapes B&Hs clutches), Christopher Lee and Michael Winner make this an enjoyable romp to watch. The best thing to do is watch it for yourself, as I think it's a matter of taste but it's 4 stars in this corner. xxx
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