Stan & Ollie
If you know anything at all about comedy, then you know that Laurel and Hardy were legends in their day. And frankly, they still are. This movie, based on the book about Laurel & Hardy’s last tour in the U.K. during the 1950s, is an unheralded delight. I suspect for most viewers, it will give an insight into the comedic duo that is little known.
Laurel and Hardy were before my time. Yet, this movie brought back some good memories because as a kid, I and a friend use to watch their movies on a television station, typically over the weekends. This was before cable and there were stations that played older movies or artists like on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Their routines cracked me up and my friend could do a decent Stan Laurel imitation.
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly nail their roles in this film. What I like about them, and the script, is that it focused on their personal lives. The famous bits they did were woven not into the story as opposed to the story being built around the bits.
This is a movie about two legends who are at the twilight, not only of their careers but their lives. And I have to say, one refreshing aspect is that you realize, when given the chance, people reconnected with their greatness even though they’d been out of the spotlight a good while. I streamed this on Redbox. This one should’ve gotten a wider release in theaters so thank goodness for streaming services. Want a good movie to watch, this is it. 5 by 5 on the rating scale.