I know I have written about Laurel and Hardy before but now with the biopic of their lives in cinemas across the world, I was reminded how brilliant they were.
Unlike their contemporaries like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy’s humor stayed fresh and still appeals to audiences nowadays.
Perhaps this is because they were so ahead of their time. Not only in cinematographic technical aspects but also in modern social settings. Nothing illustrates this more then the movie Brats.
The short movie is about 2 dads playing checkers and snooker, minding their children, while the wife are out on the town.Just think about that for a minute,today that would not be a big deal, but in 1930 it most definitely was.
Even when you look at the special effects, Laurel and Hardy not only play the dads but also the boys they are minding. Using over-sized props to give the impression of kids into everything from a bathtub to a wooden chest of drawers. Each room of the house was re-created on a large scale to achieve the effect of both duos being in the same house.
The movie is only 23 minutes long but it has so many hilarious scenes. I must have seen it 100s of times but it never bores me.
Ending up with my favourite line from the movie” You can lead a horse to water but a pencil must be led”
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