Stan & Ollie, Coogan and Reilly Shine – Preview Review

Directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) Stan and Ollie brings us a fresh look at the Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain. 

Stan & Ollie (Unit stills photography)

I loved Laurel & Hardy as a child and they still make me laugh today watching them in those black & white shorts, it’s also interesting that Stan & Ollie performed in Rhyl on the 21st July 1952 at the Queens Theatre, although past their peak at the time it still must have been wonderful to see them performing on the stage, anywho I digress.

Thanks to Sky and Sky VIP, I had chance to watch this new film which heads to cinemas on the 11th January stars Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy, as the pair embark on a tour of Britain and Ireland of many variety halls which would sadly become their farewell tour, accompanied by their wives Lucille (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda).

Stan & Ollie-Photo Nick Wall

Stan & Ollie is a beautifully produced movie and one that many fans of the comedy duo will enjoy watching as Coogan and Reilly play the lead roles with such passion that during the movie you feel as almost as if you are watching the actually Laurel & Hardy.

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With the film being based more around the latter part of their career with them embarking on their final tour, we are introduced to the older Stan & Ollie, John C. Reilly looks great as Oliver Hardy throughout the movie as does Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel which all adds to the look and feel of this biopic work of wonder.

Stan & Ollie (Unit stills photography)

As their life together is slowly coming to an end, the emotions flow throughout Stan & Ollie, I found myself laughing out loud with the rest of the preview audience as their routines were brought back to life beautifully on the big screen and as the movie drew to a close the inevitable that many will know from history crept upon us with the force of bringing tears to my eyes.

I have to say that for me, Stan & Ollie is film that has been wonderfully produced, it looks good, Coogan and Reilly bring Stan & Ollie back to life on the screen and it’s a movie that I enjoyed right from the start, right up to the end credits. 

Stan & Ollie is certainly a film that will delight fans of all ages of the comedy duo, although I may have been one of the younger ones in the audience, this has been a film that I had been looking forward to seeing and really wasn’t disappointed by it. Jon S. Baird has brought us a film that I can’t wait to watch again.

Coogan and Reilly Shine in Stan & Ollie
Stan and Ollie Movie Poster

Movie title: Stan & Ollie

Movie description: With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy 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 and Ida – 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

Date published: 2018-12-18

Director(s): Jon S. Baird

Actor(s): Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama



Stan & Ollie is a wonderful, magical, film that touches on the comedy and heartbreak of the latter years of the comedy duos career.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham