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The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) - a formidable double act in their own right - the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.
I was fortunate enough to see the World Premiere of Stan and Ollie at the London Film Festival tonight and it will probably take a while to sink in how good this film really is.
The accuracy of the lead characters' quirky ways were perfectly portrayed by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly and the supporting cast, notably Nina Arianda as Stan's Russian wife, should all take a bow.
Not actually sitting anywhere in the movie genre spectrum, Stan and Ollie will be remembered as one of those films that was really so good a depiction of real life characters that any other film maker trying to repeat this feat will only ever win second fiddle sympathy vote.
This is a love story of huge proportions and portrays that special, unique bond which has made this iconic duo the greatest comedy double act of all-time.
Superb, beautiful madness, I think.
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