Happy to say, I was delighted with this movie…..Stan & Ollie is a biographical movie about one of the most iconic comedy duos of early cinema.
Laurel and Hardy were comedy legends known for their slapstick style of comedy. They were one of the few acts to successfully transition from silent black & white cinema into talking pictures.
Stanley Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver “Babe” Hardy (John C. Reilly) find themselves at the tail end of their legendary and prestigious career. They reunite and embark on a stage tour of the UK and Ireland with the hopes of securing a movie deal at the end of their tour. The performances are outstanding by both Coogan and Reilly, most notably the incredible physical resemblance this duo has to the real-life Laurel and Hardy. The timing of their slapstick style of comedy is remarkable. This movie serves as a reminder of how gifted both Coogan and Reilly are. Throughout the movie; It felt like the duo were brought back to life, especially during the recreation of their popular sketches and routines; Particularly their famous “Hard-boiled eggs” routine, which was one of their most popular sketches.
Directed by John S. Baird (Filth, 2013), and Written by Jeff Pope (Philomena, 2013), Remarkable work by these two.
Stan and Ollie is a warm, funny, and highly enjoyable movie. It reminds us that although the evolution of comedy on film has come a long way since the days of Laurel and Hardy, there still is something magical about their style of physical comedy and the legacy they left behind.
Three out of Five Popcorn Bags 🍿🍿🍿
Stan & Ollie (2018)