Stan & Ollie Starring Steve Coogan & John C. Reilly Directed by Jon S. Baird
Laurel and Hardy, the world’s greatest comedy team, face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953.
The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.
I think because of the duo’s fame as comedy entertainers, I was expecting a more up-beat film magnifying their comedic magic. Instead what’s here is rather a sombre drama which doesn’t make the best of Coogan’s talents.
That said, it was a poignant film and both Coogan and Reilly did a superb job worthy of their multi award nominations. I only wish I could have overcome my own misgivings and enjoyed it more.
Verdict: An insightful film with great performances that didn’t quite hit the mark for me ***
This film will be shown ty The Harbour Club in Portscatho on Monday 8th July