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Legend

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Brian Helgeland
  • 125 mins
  • 18

Summary

Biographical drama starring Tom Hardy and Emily Browning. The notorious Kray twins rule the East End underworld with iron fists. But while no outsider dare challenge their dominance, Reggie Kray suffers a personal battle when he is increasingly forced to choose between loyalty to his unpredictable brother Ron and his wife Frances.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

With a title connoting the pedestal on which it places its subjects, Legend stars Tom Hardy as East End gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Brian Helgeland fashions their reign of terror into a battle for Reggie's soul between the wife who wants him above board and the unstable brother loath to lose his partner in crime. Reggie's missus (Emily Browning) narrates and we see her "gangster prince" through her goo-goo eyes. Helgeland withholds the impact of the violence until the final act in an upbeat handling of his material which seems off. The approach is borderline deranged but it never makes the jump into parody, while the insight-free screenplay flirts with Martina Cole-esque crime clichés. Still, Hardy creates two distinct, compelling characters, although the relationship between them is somewhat lost in the trickery. His humorous delivery as Ronnie and the charisma he brings to Reggie means there's much to enjoy, while the film's length is easily worn. An entertaining showcase for its lead, if little more, Legend seldom fails to fascinate, even when it's for the wrong reasons.

Credits

Cast

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Ronald Kray / Reginald KrayTom Hardy
Frances SheaEmily Browning
Nipper ReadChristopher Eccleston
Albert DonoghuePaul Anderson (2)
Leslie PayneDavid Thewlis
Mad Teddy SmithTaron Egerton
Frankie SheaColin Morgan
Jack "the Hat" McVitieSam Spruell
Angelo BrunoChazz Palminteri
Mrs SheaTara FitzGerald
George CornellShane Attwooll
Dr HumphriesNicholas Farrell
Pat ConnollyAdam Fogerty
Ian BarrieMel Raido
McleanAlex Ferns
Lord BoothbyJohn Sessions
Harold WilsonKevin McNally
Charlie RichardsonPaul Bettany
Violet KrayJane Wood
David BaileyAneurin Barnard
Joan CollinsMillie Brady
Shirley BasseySamantha Pearl

Crew

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DirectorBrian Helgeland

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2015-09-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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