A perfect gem
- Stan and Ollie review by VA
Everyone who knows anything about the early days of film knows about Laurel and Hardy. And that their partnership lasted decades, that Stan wrote their stuff, that Olly's nick name was Babe, because he was such a sweetie. Or perhaps such a child. This film covers the tour of Britain and Ireland they made in the 1953 when their star wasn't so much on the wane as burned out, and both of them were in their sixties. They're making the tour so as to encourage the money men to fund another film. They tour to half empty houses till Olly suffers a heart attack and almost goes home, but they decide to continue to Ireland, where they receive a hero's welcome.
John C Reilly, playing Olly and Steve Coogan, playing Stan give the performances of their lives. I could never stand Coogan's comedy work, but like many comics he's a fine actor. The supporting cast are excellent and the direction is deft and sure. Thoroughly recommended.
10 out of 12 members found this review helpful.
One for the Oscars? It certainly is!
- Stan and Ollie review by RM
It baffles me that John C Reilly, could do such a rubbish film like Holmes and Watson (dragged down by Will Ferrell) then immediately follow it with something as brilliant as Stan and Ollie its amazing as he could have been left with a ruined career without this masterpiece!
This film shows you don't need Hollywood A listers to make a great film. Steve Coogan also has proved himself to be the steering force of the duo as Stan who off camera proves to be the strong force behind the duo whilst Ollie in life is shown to be floundering, miss-directed and weak willed.
this is a strong and moving tale of the odd couple as they attempt to cling on to the fame they once had. The show must go on attitude at the end of the film is moving and shows Ollie's final realisation and redemption. Photography was first class as were the costumes, direction, script in fact forget best film this one ought to sweep the board!
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
A honestly biased review
- Stan and Ollie review by PR
I came to this film with more hope than expectation, being a long-time fan of Laurel & Hardy (in my view the greatest comedic duo the world has ever seen) any film about them is more than welcome, but even I was surprised at how good this film is from the writing & production values to the cast & acting everything is top notch, for me it captured everything I remember about them from their hilarity to poignancy & everything in-between, thoroughly enjoyable & highly recommended.
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
Reilly can act after all.
- Stan and Ollie review by NC
Step Bros was funny as a one off, but the banal series of films Reilly has been drawn willing into have not been the best. Will has done a couple of decent straightish films, including Elf of course, but many have been dire rubbish.
Steve is known to be capable of acting and impersonations, and lives up to it spot on as Laurel. Reilly is oliver. He not only gets the movement and facial nuance, but also the character.
Saw all their films when was a small kid, as not much else on TV then. The dance routine at the Saloon entrance is just about perfection.
Oscars probably just skip past it all en route for some politically correct outcome.....................
To get one person to a T is clever, but to get two at once, with the inter-action, is unique.
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.