Blu-ray Review: Tom Hardy Is Great As Reggie And Ronnie Kray In LEGEND - Movies In Focus
Writer/Director Brian Helgeland’s Legend tells the now infamous story of London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray. It’s an uneven film that’s held together by Tom Hardy’s dual performance as the brothers. On the surface it seems like a gimmick, but Hardy is able to create distinct characters for both Ronnie and Reggie – and that’s ultimately what makes the film worth seeing. Based on John Pearson’s book The Profession of Violence, Legend is narrated by Emily Browning’s Frances, the wife of Reggie Kray. It charts the couple’s volatile relationship and illustrates how the two brothers built their criminal legacy in the east end of London. The main problem with Legend is that it tries to cover two much ground and it’s unsure on how to focus the narrative. Helgeland wants to follow the story of Reggie and Frances, but he’s equally interested in showing the complex relationship of Reggie and Ronnie. That means the film feels disjointed and the voice-over by Browning appears to be a way to connect the storylines. It’s as if Helgeland only saw how great Hardy was in the editing and tried to make more out of his twin roles after shooting had ended. A dark humour plays [...]