“Stan and Ollie,” directed by Jon S Baird

Movie, 2018

Biopic focussing on Laurel and Hardy’s final tour, which (in this film version) took place in the UK, before a few final shows in Ireland. A straightforward, no tricks account, showing the pair’s charm, love for each other, but also the problems which had been building within their relationship. Heart-warming stuff which may appeal to non-fans and fans alike, with some great period details and atmosphere, a sense of struggle and some nice touches with the introduction of the pair’s respective spouses. Solid, fun, without being too startling – the key here is the story and the frailties and insecurities of stardom which are shown without being wallowed in or without it ever threatening to obscure the comedy.

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