Benjamin Maio Mackay
Legend - 4 Stars
Tom Hardy shines in bio-pic of the Kray twins.
Screen-writer Brian Helgeland has adapted a novel about the violent lives of the Kray twins and what lead to their downfall. What was most interesting and unique about this film is that while it could’ve been a straight-up gangster movie it delved into more personal aspects of the twins’ relationships with each other and the people around them.
Tom Hardy does a superb job of playing both Kray twins who are very different characters. His Ronnie and Reggie Kray are both sublime and it is like watching two different actors. There is one instance where the twins are standing next to each other and one looks slightly more in focus than the other. Other than this instance the CGI that places the two characters (one actor) together is flawless.
Australian actress Emily Browning narrates the film and is superb in her role. I do question the use of narration, as while convenient to divulge certain details that may not come out in natural conversation it does feel very cliché, especially when you find out she is narrating from beyond the grave (not a spoiler – just history).
Overall this film is an emotional in-depth look at the violent lives and downfall of the Kray twins. It has a strong script, strong actors and some great music and cinematography.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Picture This