7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not overly funny, but enjoyable,
This review is from: Burke and Hare [DVD]  (DVD)
This film starts out & ends with hangman (Bill Baily) telling us the about the opening & closing of the story, which follows William Burke (Simon Pegg - Shaun of the Dead) & William Hare (Andy Serkis - Golum from LOTR's) as two 19th century con men who stumble across a lucrative business, of providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school run by Dr Robert Knox (Tom Wilkinson - The Full Monty). Pegg & Surkis start out as lowly con men who cant....well, con anybody really, just happen to stumble across a lucrative way to make a fortune, due to a change in laws about the bodies of those criminals who have been Hung, being used for scientific research.
From a first come first served basis of selling the bodies, to all of them being taken to a Dr Monro(Tim Curry -The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Mix this in with the fact that the King has offered a lucrative prize for whom ever has made the most outstanding discovery in medical science to date, means Dr Knox is desperate for fresh....specimens, and will pay double the normal price. In step....well stumble really, Burke & Hare, who by pure chance due to the death of one of Hare's residents, his wife Lucky (Jessica Hynes- Shaun of The Dead) runs a B&B, and the light bulb soon appears as the good life beckons. They get a taste of it with fine cloths & food, however anyone who's anyone notices as they rise from pauper to noble mans lifestyle in a short space of time, & eventually it's not long until others want a piece of their pie, but can they keep it hush hush from the law(Ronnie Corbett) ?
Personally i was really excited to watch this film, but sadly it ended up being a little bit of a disappointment from my initial high expectations. Although i thought it was funny in places, there weren't really any laugh out loud moments, it was more subtle humor, although at least the story was decent enough to follow & enjoy. Nothing to shout from the rooftops about, but still makes an enjoyable enough film to watch. There are a lot of dead bodies as you'd expect, with the odd open chest, severed leg etc...here & there, fine if your a regular CSI viewer, a little gory, nothing extreme. Just in case your a bit squeamish ;-) Worth a watch.