Stan & Ollie, 7.5/10, is the world’s most famous comedic duo and this film gives an insight into the final chapters of their lives before the final curtain draws a close. Stan Laurel (played by Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (played by John C. Reilly) would light up an auditorium with joy and laughter but when the bowler hats were off, the partnership wasn’t always as smooth sailing as it would appear. This film is a lighthearted love letter to honour the legacy that they left behind.
The iconic duo have been loved by my grandparents for years but I have never known too much about them. This film has given me an insight into why their humour was regarded so highly and why so many adored the two of them. Onstage/onscreen and off they would make any situation follow with a punchline. Their love for the art form is almost poetic. Even in difficult times – which this film primarily focuses on – they never stopped. Coogan and Reilly have captured the essence of who Laurel and Hardy were – their relationship. The love they held for their wives (just as a side note, the wives’ relationship was just as dynamic and dramatic as the stars) and the he love they held for each other is at the forefront of the narrative through the hard times and the good. This insightful biopic will have you in fits of laughter and then out of no where hit you with a tear-jerking performance. Captivated from the off, I would urge you to be educated and entertained by popping down to your local cinema to check out the warm tribute that is Stan & Ollie.
Entertainment (of its genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 7.5/10