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    Stan and Ollie

    Out this weekend
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    I am already giddy!

    #2
    4 stars from Empire, hoping to get along on Sunday, my Mam and Dad saw them on that tour on what was probably one of their first dates.

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      #3
      I'm looking forward to it as well - just listened to Maron interviewing Coogan on his podcast. The last 30 minutes or so are dedicated to Stan and Ollie.

      http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-983-steve-coogan

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        #4
        Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy were pure genius, All that needs to be said.

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          #5
          The obvious affection that Stan and "Babe" had for one another was really touching., I'm sure the film brings that out.

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            #6
            It does. I really enjoyed it but as much for the recreation of 1950s Britain and the clothes and interiors. There is a bit too much emotional music ladled on at times.
            But yes, do see it- Coogan is impressive

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              #7
              Brilliant and lovely and funny.

              Last night I took Wife and our two early twenty-something children to see Stan and Ollie in a worryingly less than half full Odeon in Aylesbury.. We all loved it.

              My kids, as I was in my urchin-hood, were introduced, some say, indoctrinated to Laurel and Hardy films by their Dad.

              Daren't say too much for fear of spoilers but the word play between them on the boat deck scene towards the end is lovely where Stan and Ollie interact in a comedic back and forth only for Ollie to run out of ideas, asks for help and says thank you after Stan finishes the line.

              The wives are bloody good too.

              Maybe later on we can go into a bit more detail.

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                #8
                Indeed.

                Funny, touching and poignant.

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                  #9
                  Finally went to see this in Edinburgh on Friday - very moving portrayal of the greatest comedy double act that ever lived.

                  Similarly, I'll avoid all spoilers here, but how those theatres weren't packed to the rafters from day one, I've no idea. (With a small amount of irony, this was echoed by the paltry turnout at the Omni...)

                  Well worth seeing, IMO.

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                    #10
                    All their tours were packed. That's one of the many bits of license taken. There's a photo of them near Central Station in Glasgow, mobbed by hundreds of people.

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                      #11
                      I saw this in Aberdeen last week and I really enjoyed it. The ending was really good and I left the cinema feeling really good about it all. Having the original Laurel and Hardy skits alongside the credits at the end was clever - and kept me until the very last credit had rolled!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Lang Spoon View Post
                        All their tours were packed. That's one of the many bits of license taken. There's a photo of them near Central Station in Glasgow, mobbed by hundreds of people.
                        Yeah, that's what I thought.

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                          #13
                          I just asked my dad about it, and he said that their visit to Ireland was such a huge deal, that if jesus chose that weekend to stage the second coming, he'd have got a very poor turnout

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                            #14
                            Well, I'd thought this, but on seeing the movie assumed that I must have been wrong. I wonder then why they felt the need to take such licence with something that didn't especially alter the course of the storyline?

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                              #15
                              The visit to Ireland is treated as a huge deal. As for the earlier parts of the tour being poorly attended, I guess they needed that bit of license to stress how far they'd fallen from their late 30s heights, only to clamber back up a little. I loved the film - I think they did about as good a job with that particular story as could possibly be done. A classic four out of five job.

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                                #16
                                I suppose they wanted to add a bit of tension, after all, two decent middle aged men who liked each other and spent a lifetime in showbusiness go on vastly popular tour doesn't really sell itself. They also sold out in France and Germany on the same trip.

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                                  #17
                                  Finally saw it. What a beautiful movie. I very rarely get moist eyes at movies, but here I did.

                                  I'm puzzled that John C. Reilly did not even get nominated for an Oscar. The Academy loves impressions so much that they gave Rami Malek an Oscar for good lip-synching while wearing false teeth and a moustache. But all the time you knew it was an actor impersonating Freddie Mercury. In Stan and Ollie, occasionally Stan became a bit Patridge, but Reilly was Oliver Hardy.

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                                    #18
                                    I just watched it with my Dad, and it was such a lovely film. my enjoyment of the film was however severely diminished towards the end of the movie because I just kept getting something caught in first one eye and then the other.

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