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 Posted:   Jan 18, 2019 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

So I too finally got to see this charming film yesterday. I pretty much agree with everything Ray said. It is true that there was just that little bit extra missing from the actual expressions on the two stars' faces when going for the 'look', especially the intensity of Stan's smile in particular.

Paul, I think it goes beyond a look. I think it strikes at the characters' inner realities. Reilly almost seemed to be playing "Ollie" instead of the real Babe. And Coogan let Stan's (concocted) inner conflict over his "Robin Hood" deception and over Babe's 1939 treachery overtake his overall good nature.


And I also expected slightly better of Coogan in one respect. His performance felt to me better when playing 'real' Stan with the similar vocal drawl which they both possess, than when he was playing Stan performing on stage, and I almost expected the reverse as he is a good impressionist. I felt a similar mistake that most impressionists make when doing Stan - the more obvious gestures rather than the subtle ones. This comes across both when posing with the girls and the car, and when we got the imagined Robin Hood scene (an otherwise nice touch), and add to that aspects of when they do the dance on stage. Mind, when 'Ollie' looks at the camera in the Robin Hood scene I thought "about time", though again I think he could have looked a little more exasperated.

I hope others on here don't take this as too much of a criticism. I love the film. But when you're a diehard you tend to look a bit deeper than most, and we're never satisfied! I reckon they are still the best ever performers to do the boys, obviously because it's a serious attempt for a genuine biopic rather than the usual variety show numbers. But it's the reason that I've never bought any of the many ceramic figurines so common, of L&H. I've never seen one that actually looks enough like them for me. Most of these people think that as long as one's fatter than the other and they are both wearing bowlers it's fine.

Having said that I was recently given a doorstop in their shape, and was going to donate to the my tent as a raffle prize... but it's too good a doorstop! That's my excuse anyway and I'm stuck with it..

 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2019 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

On talking pictures channel in uk, sat morning at 5.25am is laurel and Hardy: Home movies

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2019 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

What with all the hype earlier in this thread it was a pleasure to be blown away at film's viewing. Spoke to a couple of other boomers and they were as astonished as I. Thought both actors nailed it. Can still see the NY Daily News picture with obit "Heart Attack Takes Stan Laurel" in the mind's eye. Moments in this film brought back this then 9-year-old's lump in the throat. Only thing missing was the Harvest Moon soft shoe. Btw, did John C do his own singing?

 
 Posted:   May 17, 2019 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

What with all the hype earlier in this thread it was a pleasure to be blown away at film's viewing. Spoke to a couple of other boomers and they were as astonished as I. Thought both actors nailed it. Can still see the NY Daily News picture with obit "Heart Attack Takes Stan Laurel" in the mind's eye. Moments in this film brought back this then 9-year-old's lump in the throat. Only thing missing was the Harvest Moon soft shoe. Btw, did John C do his own singing?

Bump.

Finally got to see this one, on DVD, and like Howard I was completely blown away both by the performances of Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, and the incredible work of the make-up department. The dances and comedy skits were delightful and perfect (even capturing imperfections in the original Laurel and Hardy dances!). I watched some interviews and was hoping that someone would ask Reilly if he actually sang his part but could not find out. Anyway, what a beautiful, compassionate film this was! I typically avoid films wherein someone "impersonates" a famous person, but this was so well done that I never felt I was watching an impersonation. Best film I've seen in ages.

 
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