Title: Stan & Ollie
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Jon S. Baird
Starring: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
What It Is: Legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy were prolific comedians who appeared in over 100 films. After a contract dispute sees Laurel (Coogan) leave his partner Hardy (Reilly) behind the two now must try to reignite their careers with a theater tour. But will old wounds tear apart the tour or will it be old age and poor health? Perhaps though they might just make it through. All the while trying to continue bringing smiles to the faces of everyone in the crowd.
What We Think: What a charming piece of cinema! Not only is this love letter to classic Hollywood but a fantastic tribute to absolute legends. Coogan and Reilly are amazing, specifically the latter who embodies the big man throughout. I love how simple and easy the script is and I really like how breezy Baird directs this. The 98 mins sort of flies by. There isn’t a whole lot here not to love. For the cinephile, they’ll enjoy the look into the past and for those who just want something both entertaining and positive they’ll get exactly that.
Our Grade: A-, One of the year’s best films and it’s super early in the year. If you haven’t seen this it goes without saying that I recommend this film very highly. If you get a chance to check this out you NEED TO DO IT! Reilly earns his weight and coupled with The Sisters Brothers shows he’s certainly a skilled actor. And more than anything a skilled one. Coogan is so impressive and I think that he like his co-star is a guy that doesn’t get enough play. This is currently available on VOD everywhere so enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.