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    Stan and Ollie, Not another fine mess!

    Stan and Ollie


    This is another fine review you’ve gotten me into!

    This movie stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy. It was Directed By Jon S. Baird and Written By Jeff Pope.

    This is one terrific movie with two great performances. They are Laurel and Hardy. The film begins, briefly, at the height of their career, where they are famous and financial stable. It then quickly flashes through to 16 years later to the early 1950s, as the pair embark on an appearance tour in Europe, simply to raise money, they are broke.

    Unlike today, when actors are smarter and better guided, the studios owned the films and the actors got nothing in releases and sales to the new Television networks and stations. 150 movies and shorts and they got bupkis. The pair are exploited, but with no financial gain. (And they were kind of replaced by Abbott and Costello, who were to have similar economic distress.)

    More than a buddy movie, it is a true love story of how friends held it together and held up each other during good and terrible times. (I don’t mean to imply anything; both were happily married at the time.)

    You laugh as the duplicate many routines, perfectly. And they are also just funny people. But they ARE NOT LAUREL AND HARDY, that is their act. They are Stan and Ollie, real people.

    At one point, Ollie says, “In all of our movies we are strangers to everyone else in the film. It is just Stan and me and that’s the way we like it.”

    The movie is filmed well and it really invokes the time. For a small movie the surround is gentle and perfect as is the movie.

    Finally, I can’t remember the last movie where I laughed so hard and then cried. Yes, I admit it, I teared up. I hope we never lose movies like this.
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    I had this on my radar, and this sold me on it. Will check it out.

    While I'm here, can we get a Buster Keaton biopic already? Chaplin seems to be the most enduring legend from that era, but for my money, Buster can't be beat. (I actually don't like Chaplin at all.)
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    Barry, thanks for the review. I'll have to check this out when it hits home video. No time to go to the theater these days!
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    Please do, it’s wonderful.
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