Review: Stan and Ollie Print E-mail
Friday, 25 January 2019 05:54

 

 

Rating:  Z

By:  Amy Elizondo
 
Summary:  This film tells only a portion of the lives of Laurel and Hardy together, undeniably one of the best comedy duos of all time, and the tour they embarked upon after their names weren’t so bright in the spotlight.
 
The Good:  John C. Riley (Step Brothers, Walk Hard) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Philomena) bring Laurel Stan and Ollie Hardy back to life on the big screen in the most endearing way.  The chemistry between Riley and Coogan can be felt through the picture, possibly even reminding you of your own past or present cherished friendships.  A fun treat in the film were the unlikely duo of Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina, Okja) and Nina Arianda (Midnight In Paris, Florence Foster Jenkins) who portray Lucille Hardy and Ida Laurel respectively.  Their banter with each character in the film added a comedic touch to a film that was all too serious at times.  It was especially fun to watch Arianda play this firecracker of a person and completely nail it.  
 
The Bad:  The conflict in the story wasn’t substantial enough.  The stakes were not raised very high, which wouldn’t typically be an issue, however, the resolution was solved too quickly for the amount of time that the conflict was dragged out.  At times, the issues between Stan and Ollie were alluded to throughout the film, but never actually said out loud or confirmed until much later.  
 
The Ugly:  Stan and Ollie is a truly charming movie about friendship and really touches on understanding these complex relationships with friends, especially long-term friendships.  Anyone who has had a true friendship knows that things can easily become complicated, and it can be difficult for even the best of friends to forgive each other.  If you are in the mood for a film that is equal parts drama and comedy, Stan and Ollie is your film. 

 

 
Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t any snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
 ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 

 

 

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