STAN & OLLIE
Two of the most famous and immortal comedians to ever grace the silver screen are captured in this wonderful biography.
Jon S. Baird
Laurel and Hardy – the world’s greatest comedy team – face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.
This film was truly wonderful from the second it started. With the absolutely perfect casting of these unlikely two – Steve Coogan and John C. Riley, the sets, the tone and the atmosphere that Director, Jon Baird created, you could be forgiven in thinking you was watching a real documentary of these giants of the silver screen.
Laurel and Hardy are immortal in my eyes and this movie gives you a real sense of the ‘old skool’ companionship, honour and the respect between the two that served them so well. They really were brothers from another mother (as we say in these cruder times that we live in).
It’s amazing that the reenacted comedy sketches featured in the film still had myself and the audience chuckling away at the stupidity and beautiful innocence from an era so sadly lost.
Not much to be honest, I was kind of sad when it ended. This film was NOT another fine mess Ollie found himself in.
SCORE : 9/10
A truly charming film. Worth every second of your life that you are transfixed by it’s brilliance. A fitting tribute to Stan and Ollie.
What do the others say?
Don’t just take my word for it, have a look to see what the big players like Rotten Tomatoes (RT), IMBD and Metacritic are saying. And here’s a fabulous comparison video of the real Stand and Ollie next to John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan. Perfection.
MARKS OUT OF 10
MARKS OUT OF 100