FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Last night, I saw “Legend,” which stars Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, A Series of Unfortunate Events), Colin Morgan (Testament of Youth, Merlin [TV series]), David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Regression), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle), Christopher Eccleston (The Others, Thor: The Dark World), and Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Hunstman, Taken 3). It is written and directed by Brian Helgeland (42, L.A. Confidential). This film tells the story of two identical twin brothers named Reggie and Ron Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), who were notorious gangsters living in the East End of London. Reggie will be tested by his psychotic brother and his newfound love for a young woman named Frances (Browning), as he strides through his hectic life of money and deceit.
The last film I saw where one person plays two siblings was “Jack and Jill,” and you could only imagine how good that movie was. Now here we are with “Legend,” a flick about two twins played by one actor once again, but this time things get serious. Ever since I saw “Mad Max: Fury Road,” I’ve always respected Tom Hardy, even throughout some of his weaker roles (“The Dark Knight Rises,” I’m talking to you). In this release, Hardy once again does a fantastic job. I was afraid that he may seem too similar in both of his roles, but he did great in making sure they were different. I loved seeing him perform onscreen in both of his roles, as he brought tenacity to each of the Krays. The other acting in this was really good too, but Hardy was the best part of the entire release. Unfortunately, the same compliments couldn’t be said about the plot, for it was not good. Why? Nothing really happened. Sure, there were a few conflicts, but overall there was no overarching storyline. This movie just started and ended, leaving me nothing to grasp. When this film began, we panned in on Reggie Kray going about his average day on the streets of East End. The police have been investigating him on accounts that he is a gangster (no, I don’t mean cool), and Reggie brushes them off. I liked the setup of this movie, but from then on nothing exciting really happened. It’s like this story was in its exposition phase for almost the entire runtime. We got to see who the Krays were, Reggie’s conflict with his brother Ron, and his relationship with his lover Frances, but they were mainly elements that needed something bigger to tie them together. I get it, this is the story of the Krays, taking a piece of their life during the height of their influence in society, but I got none of that intensity besides what Hardy conveyed in his characters. I will admit to some scenes being very good, including the fight sequences, but they are only little bits to an emptiness of a plot. Although I wanted to like this movie, I just couldn’t. If only they could make a meaningful story, and that’s really all I can say about this film. It had great acting, good special effects when showing Hardy playing two different roles, and some fun scenes, but overall it’s story held little weight. I would recommend people to pass on this release. FINAL SCORE: 65%= Burnt Popcorn
Here is the trailer: