Stan and Ollie (review)

Stan and Ollie (review)
Stan and Ollie (review)
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Comedy duo Laurel & Hardy were box office giants in the 30s, but this film only begins there. It soon transitions to the ’50s, when their fame has faded and they’re attempting one last tour of England. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly not only look amazingly like the real men, their “off-stage” characters are sweetly affecting. The re-creations of the classic routines is not only perfect, but shows while the originals were so funny. As the drama progresses, their relationship is challenged and this is where the film falters. While there are tender emotions, their professional and personal challenges never get sufficient gravitas to create a truly affecting drama. Still, it’s a sweet treat. (Criterion Cinemas only)


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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