Stan & Ollie
CAST: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson, Danny Hustan, Rufus Jones DIRECTOR: Jon S Baird ENDING 2/21
Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.
A beautifully styled film with a treasure trove of jokes and skits. But above all a witty, moving study of a longterm relationship rising and falling on the waves of showbusiness, sometimes on the verge of splintering but always coming together again.Sarah Cartland, Caution Spoilers
While Reilly and Coogan are fun to watch, the interactions between Henderson and the hilarious Nina Arianda as their acerbic, quick-witted wives actually make them the best double act in the film.Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
It's highly entertaining, but it's also profoundly moving thanks to the nuances Coogan and Reilly inject in impeccably depicting a partnership that wasn't fully appreciated until Hardy's rapidly fading health had the last laugh.Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger