This film is a roller-coaster of comedy and tragedy. It is also a love story.
I laughed and I cried. I felt touched by the nostalgia, remembering the times that I watched those marvellous Laurel and Hardy films and where I was and what I was doing as I listened to “Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.”
The performances of Steve Coogan and John C Reilly were authentic. Reilly, in particular, deserves all of the awards coming to him. An Oscar, perhaps? The audience were swept along by the believable characters. I already loved Laurel and Hardy. As I left the cinema, I loved them even more.
The “girls,” Lucille and Ida, were also excellent. Shirley Henderson and Nina Ariana, brought them to life. The tensions were palpable and intense.
Stan and Ollie loved each other. That is clear. Their bond was stronger than superglue before superglue even existed. Make sure that you stay to read the footnotes and titles at the end of the film. The fact that Stan continued to write for both of them until his death, eight years after that of his partner, says it all.
This is an excellent film. Don’t miss it!