- Origin: 20/25
- Story: 12/25
- Camera/SFX: 19/25
- Performance: 23/25
From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.
- Rated: R (Strong Violence and language)
- Genre: Action, Crime and Gangster, Drama
- Directed by: Brian Helgeland
- Written by: Brian Helgeland
- Release date: 20th November, 2015 (Wide)
- Length: 132 minutes
- Studio: Universal Studios
|Tom Hardy||Reggie Kray/ Ron Kray|
|Emily Browning||Frances Shea|
|Christopher Eccleston||Nipper Read|
|Paul Anderson||Albert Donoghue|
|Joshua Hill||Constable Scott|
|Colin Morgan||Frank Shea|
|Tara Fitzgerald||Mrs Shea|
|Adam Fogerty||Pat Connolly|
|Nicholas Farrell||Dr Humphries|
|Mel Raido||Ian Barrie|
The Kray twins are notorious gangsters and have a lot of stories written about them. I find the film does a good job at bringing a convincing world of what their lives might be like. However, at some points I felt that the film wanted to create something thrilling at the cost of the source. But I felt fully locked onto my screen and watched the whole thing through.
Many, including myself, found that the narrative was a but jumbled. It was probably down to them trying to make a gangster film that nobody has seen before, however it was similar to a few others like it. But it still was good enough to follow and enjoy.
They did amazingly at bringing the twins to life, I was so convinced that Tom Hardy had a twin. They had some great shots in action pieces, especially the bar scene when they “went to town” on everyone. There were no epic shot moments or something that was rememberable, but I’m glad they kept it simple because it really helped the Kray twins develop into their own characters. Maybe some shots could have been repositioned because some scenes felt lost.
Tom Hardy knocks it out of the park once again, this film wouldn’t be as good if Tom wasn’t in it. I loved Emily Browning’s performance and wish I could have seen more of her.
Overall the film was a jumble of great and bad, the cast did well and I enjoyed watching it. I just don’t think it will be the greatest film of its year.