When a movie is based on a true story, especially if it is a crime thriller, it is always something to look forward to. It gets even more exciting when great actors and an acclaimed director are working on the movie. Legend, which has been released this year, was a good one though it could be a whole lot better.
Tom Hardy plays both roles of the twins Reginald and Ronald Kray. The movie is based on the life of these East End English gangsters who became leaders of organised crime in the 50’s and the 60’s. The film was based on how the lives of the Kray twins were lived according to the book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins. If you like gangster movies and those with exciting plotlines and thrilling action, then you’d probably appreciate this movie. However, again, it could be better.
This movie is directed by Brian Helgeland, his fifth feature film. Aside from Tom Hardy, other actors who appeared on the film include Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Duffy, Christopher Eccleston and ChazzPalminteri. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the movie was released in the UK on September 9 and will show in the US on October 2.
Without spilling much of the story which you would most likely already know if you’ve watched films and shows made about the Kray twins before or if you’ve read any of the books or documentations about them, the movie focuses primarily on the life of Reggie Kray as he tries to help his twin brother Ronald Kray in controlling his psychotic tendencies. During the 50’s and the 60’s, these twins terrorised the streets of London and following their life on film can actually be interesting.
However, there have been statements coming from actual members of the Kray family and those who have known the twins and the people close to them whose lives were featured on the film that some details were inaccurate. This could have been done better by Helgeland though it’s very understandable if he had to make adjustments to make the film better and more interesting for an audience. It could be disappointing though because some have expected only facts and not fiction and exaggerated lives that would ruin the real story.
There are mixed reviews for Legend that can be found online. The Mirror gives it 4 stars; The Guardian gives it a B- for Entertainment and D+ for History and Rotten Tomatoes reviewers averaged at just above 50%. It’s a Tom Hardy film though and with such a difficult role, which requires you to play 2 different people at the same time could be enough reason to give it a shot. We’d give it 4 stars too!