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Stan and Ollie
movie premiere

 

I feel so lucky that I was able to see 'Stan and Ollie' at the  Curzon Cinema, Mayfair, London on 21st October, whilst it had the World Premiere a few miles away in Leicester Square. Oh how I wish I had been at the latter and, if I had been so lucky, I would have made sure that, after the screening, I would have said just two words to the stars, Steve Coogan (Stan) and John C Reilly (Ollie)... 'THANK YOU'.

They were absolutely wonderful and had obviously done their homework. It was uncanny how these two actors transformed physically and verbally to become Stan and Ollie.

Prior to the screening, I was apprehensive that artistic licence would distort the truth. Laurel and Hardy were the ultimate comedy team who, after years of making wonderful comedy films, brought laughter into the lives of thousands and thousands of people who saw them on stage in British theatres. In order to illustrate the love and affection that Stan and Ollie had for each other, the film-makers have taken some liberties and muddled chronology. It doesn't matter an iota. Don't get hung up about these details. When you get the opportunity to see the film enjoy it for what it is - a celebration of the greatest comedy team that there has ever been, 'Stan and Ollie'.

You may end up with a tear in your eye, but I bet you will also have a smile on your face.

 

Roger Robinson

The film could easily have been depressing - a tragedy, even, in which a pair of 60-something has-beens face that final curtain. But the film-makers are too deeply in love with Laurel and Hardy to take them anywhere so dark. Directed by Jon S Baird (Filth) and written by Jeff Pope (Philomena), Stan & Ollie glows with respect and affection for its title characters, their long and loyal friendship and their immortal comic brilliance. 

Nicholas Barber
BBC website

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly give great portrayals of Laurel and Hardy. These portraits are detailed, closely observed labours of love, especially as Coogan and Reilly had to nail both the screen personae and also fabricate a subtler, more naturalistic account for the off-stage versions. It is usual for critics to talk about performances going beyond "mere" impersonation, as if impersonation at this level was easy, or had nothing to do with acting. But these are brilliant impersonations, the kind that can only be achieved by exceptionally intelligent actors; the superb technique of both is matched by their obvious love for the originals.

Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian