Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Movie review: Legend

Identical twins Reginald and Ronald Kray, two of Britain's most notorious gangsters, flaunted their lifestyle in front of the authorities while terrorizing the public with their criminal activities.

Paul Anderson (Donoghue), Tom Hardy (Reggie Kray / Ron Kray), Christopher Eccleston (Nipper), Emily Browning (Frances), Colin Morgan (Frank), Tara Fitzgerald (Mrs. Shea), Taron Egerton (Teddy), Sam Spruell (Jack).

Legend begins nicely using character narration to set the scene, introduce the characters, and move into the main story. As the Kray brothers start to expand and grow their criminal empire, their lives become much more chaotic, as does their mental state. Add some interesting romantic aspects, attention from the U.S. mob, and we end up with an interesting and engaging biopic. I don't know how much of the film is real versus entertainment, but the Krays' story is definitely interesting!

Acting by Hardy is exceptionally well done. Imagine how difficult it must be to work two main characters in the same film! Browning was a good choice to work with Hardy and delivered nicely. Egerton had an interesting role and did well, as did the remainder of the supporting cast overall.

Camera work was nicely done with a nod to CGI and editing as well. There must have been a lot of work putting Hardy in front of himself throughout the film and technical work on this aspect is very well done. Sets and backgrounds were enjoyable with a nice, solid feel. Dialogue was good, but difficult, requiring we watch with captions. Sound and soundtrack were good.

Expecting comedy and action, Legend actually turned out to be a solid crime thriller instead. The story is interesting, technical work well done, and acting is enjoyable. Genre fans, those who enjoy period pieces, or biopic fans should enjoy this one.

With some strong sexual content, plenty of graphic violence and gore, persistent profanity, and disturbing scenes, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 8.12.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime drama, Crime Thriller, Crime, Biopics, Thriller

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