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|Originaltitel:||Stan & Ollie|
|Regie:||Jon S. Baird|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
They were once the most popular comedian duo in the world: Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), thrilled moviegoers in over 100 films. But at the beginning of the 1950s there was not much left of the glory. A new film is on the horizon, but unlike in the past the two of them have to fight for new roles. And during their tour through Great Britain, most seats in halls that are far too small remain empty. But Laurel and Hardy have a very special talent for making people laugh. When they make this spark ignite again, the spectators come back and the tour is still a success. But there is still a dark shadow hovering above the whole thing that could destroy the friendship of the two men forever…
With "Stan & Ollie" director Jon S. pays tribute to the two men. Baird two people tribute that have made generations of people laugh with their sense of comedic timing and their courage to completely silly slapstick. What makes the movie so well done is that it's not a classic biopic, but that the story tells about a time when the big success is already over. Thus, the friendship between the two men, who are very different in themselves, can be placed in the center, which gives the last act a great emotionality.
Although the script has some wonderful dialogues to offer, there are some clichés to be seen, which one knows from countless artist biographies. But the positive overall impression is hardly clouded by this. What's the problem? Clearly the two main actors, who not only get very close to the immortal originals through the outstanding work of the make-up artists, but also through the perfectly nuanced game. John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan actually disappear completely behind their roles and manage to bring the popular comedian duo back to life. And they are not only convincing in the scenes in which the two make people laugh with their numbers. Even in the quieter, character-oriented moments the actors deliver really great things.
"Stan & Ollie" doesn't reinvent the wheel, of course, but in the end it's just a beautiful and very entertaining movie about a very special friendship. Great played, light-footed and yet staged with depth and told in a moving way - for that there has to be an "Absolutely worth seeing".
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