Comedy comes with difficulty in ‘Burke and Hare’

Director: John Landis

Cast: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tom Wilkinson, Isla Fisher, Christopher Lee

Cert: 15

A black comedy, which is difficult to comprehend since it’s about the notorious 19th century grave robbers who provided Edinburgh’s medics with the bodies they required for further study.

There is a solid cast – Pegg playing Burke and Serkis playing Hare – and director Landis does his best to keep the film together and moving along, though the comedy comes with some difficulty … let’s all fall about in helpless mirth at a couple of likely Irish lads digging up the dead.

The emphasis is very much on the comedy so you have to suspend any knowledge you might have of the grizzly truth and go with the flow.

Star Rating: 2/5

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