Legend

Legend

(2015)

Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy play identical twin gangsters, the Kray brothers, in this true crime drama taking place in 1950s/60s London. From the Academy Award-winning writer of L.A. Confidential.... More

The Kray twins, and their gang 'The Firm', were East London's most feared and infamous organised crime figures. Mixing in with a world of glamour (their nightclubs entertained Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland amongst others), they became celebrities themselves - all while running a syndicate of armed robberies, protection rackets and murder.Hide

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More curious footnote than gangster classic, Brian Helgeland’s Legend is a shapeless, tonally confused mélange that lives and dies on Tom Hardy’s socko dual turn as Ronald and Reginald Kray, a pair of identical twin brothers who terrorised London in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Peter Medak’s 1990 film The Krays previously took a chilling stab at their story, but Helgeland’s take is altogether sleeker, flashier and more glamorised, tapping into the mythic celebrity image they created for themselves and pandering to a certain peculiar nostalgia.... More

It’s a representation the Krays would probably approve of, favouring swingin’ Goodfellas-like swagger and glitzy high-living over psychological depth and grittiness. Dick Pope’s overly glossy cinematography seems to have scrubbed the East End squeaky clean, dulling the edge off the brothers’ propensity for brute thuggery.

Hardy is over-the-top but undeniably entertaining to watch -- he’s adept at locating their respective sociopathic tendencies and often testy brotherly bond. Those uncanny side-by-side master shots always get me (it could be argued that Helgeland could’ve been more creative in his blocking). But as often is the problem with these unchecked screen-chewing showcases, they ultimately signify little when the film built around them isn’t up to par. Legend seems uncertain as to its narrative focus. The omnipresent narration of Reggie’s wife Frances Shea (Emily Browning) implies that the story is relayed from her perspective, but if that’s the case, then it’s woefully underserved by her flatly written character.

Legend might appeal to undiscriminating crime fans who aren’t familiar with the Krays; others may want something a little punchier where Chazz Palminteri doesn’t look so tired to be playing another mobster.Hide


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BY Colttany superstar

This Movie is the BEST all Year!! Tom Hardy is so TALENTED!! Love to SEE MORE OF THESE KIND OF MOVIES!!!
My Pom Hubby and I Loved this Movie as it was special for Him as his Grandad went A Wall in the Army in England and was in Jail with one of the Kray Brothers and was asked to join there Gang!! He said No! Thank goodness as my Hubby may not be here.lol


BY Gaspardation superstar

The worst representation of LGBT on big screen, period. Too uptight than most straight films!


BY ememmama superstar

A lot of swearing and violence in this film, perhaps a bit too much for me and it was a bit long, dragging in some places. Overall an interesting film but probably more suited for men.


BY Anaconda wannabe

His performance(s) make up for some structural deficits, although the female protagonist's POV was a nice touch. Taron Egerton inhabits an unlikely role nicely. For anyone who enjoys digging at the truth behind tough-guy reputations.


BY Ken-Burns superstar

My expectations were high but it appeared quite cartoony. Tom Hardy did well cos it was an amazing story but not convinced it was as believable as it could have been. I liked his wife who killed herself.


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  • It’s flawed, yes, but it’s also swaggeringly cinematic. And it has Tom Hardy vs Tom Hardy. Full Review

  • Hardy is astonishing and magnetic in two truly towering performances. Full Review

  • Much more than a gimmick, it’s like watching one side of a mind wrestle with the other – literally, in one explosive, fun-to-unpick fight scene. Full Review

  • Offers little insight into what made either of these contrasting psychopaths tick, or finally explode. Full Review

  • Screenwriter-turned-director Helgeland has a light touch, leavening the ultra-violence – and there are gory scenes – with a flair for absurdity. Full Review

  • A disappointingly shallow take on a fascinating period of time and leaves us sorely uninformed, as if we’ve skim-read a pamphlet. Full Review

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