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
BY Aaron Yap Flicks Writer
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
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