It’s 1953 and Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have legend status. But, with their last film years behind them, legends still need to pay the bills, so they head out on a tour of theatres in the UK, headlining from Glasgow to Newcastle. But old frictions reemerge, audiences dwindle and Hardy’s health takes a turn for the worse. Somehow, the old magic returns and we see the comedy masterminds regain their former glory.
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are uncanny in the title roles, nailing their onstage antics and adding great depth to their offscreen personas. A true insight into a golden age of stardom.
★★★★★ "Steve Coogan and John C Reilly excel in this bittersweet film about the twilight years of the great double act" - Mark Kermode, The Observer