Run time: 98 mins
The world’s most energetic, enigmatic comedy duo attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song; a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
Last year brought us Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, a glorious real life story of Hollywood star Gloria Grahame’s waning years spent in the U.K. Stan & Ollie, an ode to British-American comedy joyfully skips through the lens of time, chronicling their rocky but ultimately loving friendship beyond being a world-renowned double act performance.
As their career enters its twilight years, the former comedy power-duo reunite for a tour of Britain in a last ditch effort to raise funds for a big-screen comeback. As Hardy’s health begins to falter, Laurel begins to accept their glory days may indeed be long gone.
Coogan and Reilly not only excel at creating convincing impressions of one of the most famous comic double acts of the last century, but they do an uncanny job of recreating a handful of Stan and Ollie’s famous routines, which today mostly play as mild yet expertly timed delights. Pretty much unmissable. (Research Chris Coetsee). Watch out for the comic fourway banter with their wives
(scene-stealers Shirley Henderson & Nina Arianda)