'Stan & Ollie'
Jon S Baird
Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones
Laurel and Hardy -- the world's greatest comedy team -- face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy's failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.
This is a mildly entertaining film. It's one of those movies which you watch and will forget pretty much straight away, unless you are a Laurel and Hardy groupie. I felt Coogan was the brightest star in this and the rest of the cast was ok. A bit too long but otherwise film was well made. I am not sure how accurate this film is to the actual events however it was interesting to see how the show business of late 40s to early 50s was.
Overall, I actually felt sad watching this film and it gave me an idea about the relationship between us the audience and the entertainment industry as a whole. As an accountants we have to follow ethics in the business. Intact ethics and good moral are part of what makes us human.
If the regulator or the state or the religious establishment do try to sensor any part of the entertainment industry then it becomes a suppression of art, or expression.
I have come to think that in the entertainment industry you will not find any ethics or morality. Everything can be seen as an art form or expression as such. It doesn't matter if it's right or wrong as in the show biz nothing is right or wrong. If the regulator or the state or the religious establishment do try to sensor any part of the entertainment industry then it becomes a suppression of art, or expression. Movie industry don't run on values of ethics or moral code. This industry purely exists to make money. I agree all businesses are there to make money but the difference is that they do it by obeying some kind of moral or ethical framework. The entertainment industry doesn't need to follow any of these rules (maybe except paying taxes, but even then they try not to).
This industry promises you the world and more but it takes everything from you, leaving you with nothing.
The evolution of society can be classed if one looks at the type of media entertainment are present in that particular society. Globalisation and technological advancements are key to fuelling the rapid growth of entertainment industry. I personally feel that it's an industry where one has to fight blood and tears just to hold the attention of the audience. It's a business which takes the youth and the best moments of your life and then once people have had there fill then you are quickly forgotten. This industry promises you the world and more but it takes everything from you, leaving you with nothing. I also agree that entertainment industry gives us motivation, relaxation as well as an escape from the reality. The question I ask is being aware of the dark side of this business. If you are not careful, soon you may get influenced by the entertainment business and loose your identity like many people did already.