Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: December 28, 2018
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johndoe2014Jan 15, 2019
Both of these actors deserve oscar nominations. Not only do they do an excellent job of playing the real men, but their comedic characters as well. The movie picks up steam in a gentle way and by the end it is powerful and exceptional.
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FunkymonkJan 19, 2019
It's rare to see a movie where everyone gives fantastic performances. From Rufus Jones untrustworthy, deadpan tour manager to the bickering, protective wives. It's Coogan and Reilly who steal the show. Both give nuanced performances that goIt's rare to see a movie where everyone gives fantastic performances. From Rufus Jones untrustworthy, deadpan tour manager to the bickering, protective wives. It's Coogan and Reilly who steal the show. Both give nuanced performances that go beyond mere impressions of the duo. I'd be disappointed if both didn't receive Oscar nominations. Even if you're not a fan of Laurel and Hardy this is worth seeing. Expand
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GreatMartinJan 18, 2019
While there are a few good things about "Stan & Ollie" there are too many negatives to make it worthwhile seeing.

John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel were a top comedy duo in the 1930s and by 1950 were barely
While there are a few good things about "Stan & Ollie" there are too many negatives to make it worthwhile seeing.

John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel were a top comedy duo in the 1930s and by 1950 were barely making a living. Both actors are excellent in their roles though, sometimes, Reilly's prosthetics go astray. Most people, under 50, probably won't be familiar with these comedians and their routines might provide puzzlement as to why they were so famous even to the older folks in today's audience.

As a film about two comedians, it is more of a drama than a comedy, telling the story of their lives in the 1950s doing a tour in England to almost empty theatres and hoping to make a movie that might never be made.

Shirley Henderson as Lucille Hardy has a very hard to hear, and understand, accent while Nina Arianda as Laurel's Russian born wife Ida seems to get the most, what there are of them, laughs in the film and the two women are more of a comic team than their husbands.

In the 1940s Abott and Costello were more popular while they, in turn, would soon be surpassed by Martin and Lewis.

"Stan & Ollie" has 3-4 laughs and near the end a few tears but all in all it does nothing for them putting the spotlight on the team and really doesn't entertain the audience.
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Brent_MarchantJan 13, 2019
A capably made though somewhat "safe" and formulaic biopic that might be seen as mediocre were it not for the outstanding lead performances of John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, as well as several delightful supporting characters. In tellingA capably made though somewhat "safe" and formulaic biopic that might be seen as mediocre were it not for the outstanding lead performances of John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan, as well as several delightful supporting characters. In telling the story of this legendary comedy duo, the film would have been more balanced had it included more about the pair's rise to comedic greatness and not focused almost exclusively on their sunset years. All in all, a decent effort but one that could have (and should have) been better to do justice to the legacy of Laurel and Hardy. Expand
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Rebecca31Jan 16, 2019
Depicting the later years of the life of Laurel and Hardy and their comedy tour of Britain in 1953. No longer making movies and not in the public eye anymore, Stan and Ollie re-connect with their fans as they begin their tour. You don't evenDepicting the later years of the life of Laurel and Hardy and their comedy tour of Britain in 1953. No longer making movies and not in the public eye anymore, Stan and Ollie re-connect with their fans as they begin their tour. You don't even have to be a die hard Laurel and Hardy fan to appreciate the joy that is Stan & Ollie.

Not only do Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly look the spitting image of the real Laurel and Hardy but from the get go they become fully immersed in their characters, I never questioned it for a moment. Their performance and their chemistry was absolutely perfect. I never had any doubts about Coogan's acting ability, particularly his impressions so when he was cast it made sense but I never held John C. Reilly in high regard until now. Oscar worthy performances without a doubt. The script is very witty and the supporting characters add that little bit extra. Highly recommended but don't go expecting a laugh out loud comedy, it's not that kind of film. It's charming, delightfully entertaining and an all round feel good movie.
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IsaacJJan 13, 2019
Here, John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star in a biopic as delightful and fuzzy as its subject, the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy. Jon S. Baird directs the film, which documents the lesser-known twilight years of the pair; Stan andHere, John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star in a biopic as delightful and fuzzy as its subject, the legendary comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy. Jon S. Baird directs the film, which documents the lesser-known twilight years of the pair; Stan and Ollie, aging and fading from the public eye, embark on a tour of Britain in order to raise funds for a big (and almost too good to be true) movie break to bring them back in the limelight. The film being called Stan and Ollie is poetically appropriate; we are being given a wonderfully personal look at the men behind the celluloid. The end result is a movie that is simply irresistible.
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan star as the titular leads, in portrayals that are both uncanny and effortless. Reilly plays Hardy with a jovial honesty, his clumsy gait and trademark finger-twiddle completing a gorgeously authentic performance. The same is true of Coogan, whose portrayal of Stan Laurel is well-rounded and classically humorous. This film truly could not work without the two actors, who commit to their roles with ease in a partnership that seems as natural as Laurel and Hardy themselves. However, it is Rufus Jones’ hilarious tour manager who hits the nail on the head, quipping that we get “two double acts for the price of one”, when referring to Stan and Ollie’s fiercely protective wives. Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda give the film another layer in humorous supporting performances as Lucille Hardy and Ida Laurel, with Arianda, in particular, being absolutely scene-stealing.
Jeff Pope (who worked with Steve Coogan on Philomena) writes a sharp and versatile script; throughout the film, the lines are blurred between the on-screen personas of Stan and Ollie and their personal lives. This makes for results that are, as expected of this film, utterly hysterical, yet also comes with the difficult job of making sure the comedy and drama coincide comfortably. Stan and Ollie does this perfectly; while the film is certainly an irreverent and nostalgic comedy, what allows it to truly work is the emotional edge that acts almost like a tonic, cutting through the slapstick. The film never strains for laughs and the same is true of its approach to its more serious side, lending an emotional weight to the fun (“You loved Laurel and Hardy”, Stan snaps, “but you never loved me”). The whole package is wrapped up nicely with Rolfe Kent’s jubilant score and Laurie Rose’s cinematography, full of marvellous continuous shots (the opening prologue on the set of Way Out West particularly stands out). Some may argue that Stan and Ollie is sweet to the point of saccharine, but I disagree; it’s a charming film that’s filled to the brim with joy and heart. In times where, perhaps, the negative seems to stand out, this is a breath of fresh air that reminds us of the importance of love and laughter in a quaint and purely magical way.
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