Stan & Ollie (2018) is a biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the iconic comedy duo at the twilight of their career. There isn’t a lot of our typical sort of costume content in the film because the story is very centered on Laurel and Hardy, but their wives, played by Nina Arianda and Shirley Henderson, respectively, have really good late-1950s costumes. You will recognize Nina Arianda as Vivian Vance from Being the Ricardos (2022), btw, and she’s fantastic as Stan Laurel’s Russian wife, Ida. Shirley Henderson is, as always, simply wonderful.
Honestly, all of the casting in this film is top notch. Apparently the director, Jon S. Baird, had both Coogan and Reilly in mind for the roles of Laurel & Hardy. The costumes were designed by Guy Speranza, who doesn’t have a whole lot of historical flicks to his credit, but who absolutely nailed the mid-1950s in this film.
If you’re looking for an easy going, light-hearted period film that has a nice, uncomplicated storyline, definitely check out Stan & Ollie.
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