Simple, not overly sentimental although not fully documentary, this dramatised biopic is more movie than documentary and will appeal to all sorts of fans of mid-twentieth century dramas as well as those that want to see behind the scenes of some of the famous people of old films. The sets and costumes really bring a lot of the period to life.
Steve is so totally believable and John has his moments and certainly looks the part although Steve’s Stan is the stronger of the two. Ollie’s story doesn’t get a lot of insight but crucially it’s about a turning point for the two and the script brings out that aspect, as far as I can tell.
I’m a sucker for well made stuff about real people and I got into this story quite quickly. Maybe there are factual inaccuracies somewhere, I don’t care, this is a reacquaintance with memorable people through memorable performances.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Yes but only with extras.
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?