Film Review by T.C. Lesesne
Fat chance anybody has ever heard of the Kray brothers. The British outlaws were bigger than life, and ruthless to the core, and yet captured the fancy of London’s high society as club owners and hosts of lavish entertainment events that attracted some of London’s most respected politicians and celebrities on the 1950’s and 60’s.
The trailer alone for LEGEND got my attention strictly due to the awesome look, style and bold statement revealing that Tom Hardy, just off the monster success of the 2015 mega-hit MAD MAX FURY ROAD.
With LEGEND, the dynamics are amazing and the tone is sizzling. The soundtrack is classic, and the performances are absolutely on point, especially that of Tom Hardy who got my attention with a fabulous performance in the last installment of The dynamics are amazing.
The soundtrack is classic, and the performances are absolutely on point, Legend comes the theaters with lots of height and expectation, and even more anticipation at the opportunity to watch Tom Hardy portray both Reginald and Ronnie Kray, the notorious British gangsters who rose to fame and fell hard in the 60s.
Legend is a beautiful is shot highly stylized gangster film set in the 60’s in the East End of London and captures the rise of twin brothers Reggie, the handsome and socially sophisticated entertainer and club owner, who is also a ruthless and brutal gangster who cares deeply about his own neighborhood. Then there’s Ronnie, the psychopathic, mentally ill, murderous twin who has plenty of corks and issues that he deals with as intelligently as he can while his mental health deteriorates in his rise to power.
The two brothers are inseparable and totally devoted to one another in spite of the collision course that their actions, personalities and crimes bring them head to head.
The film also exposes another love story deeper than that of the two brothers. It is a passionate yet toxic love relationship between Reggie and the gorgeous young Francis, a girl from the East End hood and sister to one of the mobsters who work for Reggie. Their story often dominates the film as it helps reflect the gradual downfall and mental decline of both of them due to the stress of their lifestyle in crime and club-life.
Kudos to LEGEND director Brian Helgeland for capturing the look feel and style of the 60s while managing to keep the film balanced.
Kudos to the cast as well, pacifically to Tom Hardy who was able to provide a straight ahead yet compassionate performance of both brothers, in spite of their psychopathic, criminal and murderous intentions. This film is certainly a must see for your 2015 end of year film list.