RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 131 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION BRIAN HELGELAND SCREENPLAY BRIAN HELGELAND STARRING TOM HARDY, EMILY BROWNING, DAVID THEWLIS, CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, CHAZZ PALMINTERI MUSIC CARTER BURWELL
Legend is a crime comedy about the Kray twins who were gangsters during the 1960’s in London’s underground.
Reggie, played by Tom Hardy, has become quite a big deal, while Ronald, also played by Tom Hardy, is locked up in a psychiatric prison, who gets bailed by Reggie because of his influence and taken under his wing.
Essentially this movie is made in the style of Goodfellas and has plenty of fun dialogue and black humor throughout. It is witty, colorful and doesn’t take itself too serious.
Tom Hardy is, of course, great in playing both characters. They really feel like two very distinguishable people which makes it easy to follow, even though they are twins. The effect when both characters are on screen is seamless and that’s a compliment to Tom Hardy’s acting chops and the direction. You simply believe that it’s really two guys on screen even though each is played by the same actor.
I like to give Tom Hardy a lot of compliments and, in fact, he may be my favorite actor in Hollywood right now, but he has one major problem: He has this thing going on sometimes when you just can’t understand a thing he says. I call it the Tom Hardynisms. He likes to mumble out his dialogue and I don’t know if the characters he portrays require it, or if it’s just him because other times in other projects he sounds completely fine. But on this movie I really had a hard time to understand a single word which really took me out quite a bit. It actually gets worse because the movie obviously has a lot of undertone humor, but it gets completely lost when I don’t know what he says. This was one of the rare instances when I wished I had subtitles available to me.
Emily Browning plays the wife of Reggie and she really brought it. I thought besides Tom Hardy she was the standout and the story was told from her perspective. I’m curious to see her in more projects for sure.
One big problem I had with the movie is the pacing. It really slowed down towards the middle to a point where I felt a little bored. It kinda started to drag along, but picked it up towards the end.
Another problem for me was that it really felt like Goodfellas with pretty much the same problems I have with the movie. I can’t identify with the characters. They are obviously gangsters because they want to be. So, how am I supposed to feel sympathy for them? Maybe it’s just me, but yeah… However, in Goodfellas we got a nice backstory to the main character (forgot his name, sorry) but not here. We kind of got it, but obviously not enough, otherwise I would be bitching about it.
If you love Goodfellas you probably will like this movie. I like Goodfellas quite a bit and also think Legend is fine. But i wish the pacing was better and maybe a little bit more original. Also I want Tom Hardy to stop mumbling!