david prown 120Unfortunately I got to the showing of “Stan & Ollie” late in its theatre cycle and now hard to find. Not sure if up for any season ending awards. S&O were a little before my time except they have been an annual presence in my life for some 50 years on Thanksgiving Day watching their iconic performance in “March of the Wooden Soldiers”.

Actors Steve Coogan (Stan) and John C. Reilly (Ollie) are perfectly cast and slaughter these Roles...outstanding..worth the price of admission alone.

We catch a snippet of them in their heyday during Hollywood’s golden years and when they were major stars (late 30’s). A falling out at the top of their game of over their respective contracts & money, splits them seemingly a few decades.

They reconnect in Great Britain in the early 50’s as they are both back on their heels financially and feeling the years physically and health-wise. Playing off-the-grid houses and struggling to find new audiences to their throwback song/dance/comedic format is most demoralizing.

Their spouses, well played, suffer the multi level effects of the “downturn” with their husbands . What a fascinating, simple, highly respectful relationship Stan & Ollie have. Clearly they had a riff over the aforementioned $ but not really either’s fault. Love their kind interplay, calm talking tones and clear respect for each other.

As they realize over time they truly better in all aspects of the lives “being together”. So much to like about this fascinating film as we watch them navigate most important period of their lives when you are living off the memories and they are the shells of the stars they once were. Only 97 minutes long and was absolutely jonesing for more.

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