Legend tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
Judging by the trailer, the film had much potential stemming from the cast, setting, styling, and story. But from early on, it proved to have inconsistency in character, especially in Ronnie Kray who seemed to be at two completely opposite sides of the spectrum but it could be argued that it was the just the state of his mental condition. Ronnie’s inconsistency could also come from the fact that you could sometimes tell it was the same person playing two different parts that made in unconvincing. Either way, the attempts were there but it depends on how you judge Tom Hardy’s performances that will affect the outcome.
The music for the film seemed a little off putting and even though they were of that era, it didn’t exactly suit the genre the film found itself in. It set itself up for a fast paced action thriller in the east end that looked into the lives of the violent and insane Kray brothers but for a lot of the film, it felt like a love story. There’s no harm in having romance in an action-thriller, but it heavily centrered around Reggie and Frances’ short two year marriage that ended tragically in Frances death. Frances was hardly mentioned in the trailer yet she narrated and appeared in the majority of the film.
Ronnie and Reggie are claimed to going to “rule London” but setting aside owning a few failed clubs with barely any fight sights and grand total of five members in their “gang,” and this is including the Kray’s, they didn’t exactly set out to “rule London” as they had hoped to.
Although the language did reflect the era and the area the Kray’s were from, I don’t think I’ve heard the c-bomb dropped so much in a movie. Or even in real life. Or maybe it’s because I’m just hanging around in the wrong areas.
Legend isn’t a boring or bad film. It’s one that possibly dwindles below expectations.