Legend (2015)

6.92 h 12 min2015X-RayR
HD. Tom Hardy stars as twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray who rose to the top of the London underworld in the 1960s.
Brian Helgeland
Tom HardyEmily BrowningDavid Thewlis
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DuffyChristopher EcclestonChazz Palminteri
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bookfilmlovrReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love love love this film
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If you like Tom Hardy and gangster films, this one's for you. But be warned, the Cockney accents from Hardy and the wonderful Paul Anderson are thick. I have to use "clear voice" on my sound bar to make sure I understood what they were saying. That aside, this is the story of the Kray twins who were the top London gangsters during the 60s. Ronnie is a lethal psychopath and Reggie is sane but lethal. Both are murderers. Hardy plays both parts perfectly. Great cast, good directing and writing. The story is narrated by Reggie's suicidal wife Frances beautifully played by Emily Browning. Good chemistry between Browning and Hardy. Duffy sings as the legendary Timi Yuro and sounds amazingly like her...and that's not easy. Hope you give this one a try.
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Karen KReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hardy is amazing
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I found this movie very entertaining; make no mistake, it's a movie and not a documentary, so don't expect it to be completely realistic to history. But for me what really made this worth watching was Tom Hardy in his portrayal as Reg and Ron Kray, gangster twins who ruled London in the the 60s. He really should have gotten an award. Although they were identical twins, they did not look all that much alike as adults (Ron was heavier, wore glasses, and had a different hairstyle). He even gives them different speaking and fighting styles. Ron was hilarious, and my favorite character. The only drawback to the movie was that the love story (not much of a love story in real life) between Reg and his girlfriend-later-wife Frances Shea was a little boring. Also not for those who clutch their pearls at a lot of swearing.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Easy to follow, and Hardy Outclasses Himself
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Legend is a 2015 British-French biographical crime thriller film written and directed by American director Brian Helgeland. It is adapted from John Pearson's book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins, which deals with their career and the relationship that bound them together, and follows their gruesome career.

It's only fair to start his review I talking about the man of the hour ( I guess technically the men of the hour in this case) - mister Tom Hardy; up until recently I used to feel kind of “eh” about Hardy as an actor, and my ears really didn't perk if you mentioned him being in a film.
Lately, however, he has started to rub off on me and why shouldn't he? Hardy excels at playing characters you absolutely love to hate, and he absolutely outclasses himself in this performance especially. Portraying the twins can be especially difficult as an actor has to make both characters extinguishable to the audience; Sans the obvious differences between Reggie and Ronald (Ronald wears glasses and Reggie’s hair is always slicked-back) Hardy includes the tiniest of mannerisms that make them truly unique, Such as the way in which their eyes move and the way their lips look when they talk. Reggie is beaming with confidence and has the charisma to match, whereas Ronald is repressed (for reasons I will not mention here) and at times is painstakingly awkward. Both brothers can be described as a loose cannons however, and are apt to acting out violently in a way most people would describe as insane or unpredictable; Those moments, despite being uncomfortable for some, are where Hardy truly shines and the authenticity of his characters is most obvious. If I suggested watching this movie to anyone for one reason, It would be for Hardy’s performance alone, hands down.

I'm also not always the biggest fan of gangster movies because they can become very convoluted and thus hard to follow. The Narrative quality of ‘Legend’ is very straightforward; there are a lot of details given to the audience which may require some pausing to absorb the information, but all of the details provided are important and easy to link up. ‘Legend’ is one of the more cohesive biographical films I've seen in awhile, and I think that's just something worth mentioning.
In addition to leading the story along in a way that makes sense, the technique of narration encourages the audience to make their own decisions about how they feel about specific characters. There is an obvious bias due to the source of the narration, but this bias is delivered in a way that fosters ambivalence towards characters that are just so easy to hate. Behind Reggie’s insatiable need for control is a genuine desire to protect others around him. Ronald - who is clinically deemed as deranged - Is resourceful and often takes on other people's problems as his own.

Like most biopics, ‘Legend’ it's not a perfect retelling of the life of the Kray twins, although it is considered to be a pretty accurate account of their affluence and resulting downfall in life. The primary events - mostly involving murder and death - are accurately portrayed, although some details related to them (such as motivation) have been slightly adjusted. The largest change seems to be involving the depiction of the romance between Reggie and Frances; Mild spoiler alert and a warning to the audience, but Reggie is physically violent toward Francis in this film despite the abuse being purely psychological in real life. I don't think this makes Reggie any less scummy of an intimate partner, but it is just one instance of dramatization amongst others that is important to keep in mind when watching this film.

I would recommend!
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GabiReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hardy at his best.
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This movie is two hours of Tom Hardy having a field day showing off what a great actor he is. Through his nuanced portrayal of the two criminal mastermind twins, the viewer is able to follow who is who through his meticulous preparation and attention to detail. The scenes where the two interact (keep in mind Hardy plays both) are executed masterfully, and Legend really does but this aspect under the spot light. Unfortunately coming into this I expected a slightly more plot driven film, and here there is no grand plan, no heists or the type of excitement we saw from Hardy's crime-drama series Peaky Blinders, which was what attracted me to this film. This really resulted in me losing interest through the movie, where I kept waiting for it to kick off when it really never did.
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Jennifer T.Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hardy's performance, in this movie, is amazing!
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I thought it was an excellent movie. I can be considered biased, because I absolutely love Tom Hardy, but putting that aside, I thought it was really good. I honestly think he did an amazing job, playing both main characters, as well. He makes you feel as if you're watching actual twins (2 separate people), when he in fact, is playing both. I thought it was an excellent story, and fully intend on watching it again!
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Mr. ZHIReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
lots of potential, not quite there
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I am generally a pretty big fan of Tom Hardy movies, and this one has an interesting premise, that you have a pair of twins both involved in building a crime organization. I understand that it was based on a true story. The thing is, it tries to make it out like the twins are these high level criminals... yet there is little in the movie that actually makes you feel like they are criminal masterminds. Honestly, they seem like relatively low-level thugs. Tom Hardy does play both brothers, but they don't seem so different that it is that impressive of a performance. They are definitely distinctly different, but it doesn't seem like it would be too much of a stretch. And without spoiling anything... it doesn't have a happy ending. So... what would be your motivation to watch it? If you love Tom Hardy, you will probably like it.
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Richard CavelleroReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing but entertaining
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Based on the true story of the gangsters the Kray brothers the film should have been a perfect showcase for hunky Tom Hardys creative range and talent. Instead it's a half realized piece of Hollywood entertainment that never goes deep enough to be anything spectacular. Tracing the events of the rise of their criminal empire it also shows the abuse one of their wives endures. Props to the makers for keeping the gay element intact but for the most part it's kept off screen. Still for gangster movie fans especially it's a fun, engaging flick that's sadly forgettable. And as for Hardy, he's great but there's not such a huge difference between the characters that it's as impressive as it could have been.

Budget: $25M
Box Office: $43M

J. STEVENSONReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jessica Chastain star in this adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World." A bootlegging gang make a run for the American Dream during Prohibition. Tom Hardy never disappoints. He is the leader of his family in the bootlegging business. When the sheriff brings in a city slicker played by Gary Oldman to shake down the family, mayhem is the result. Nobody plays an evil man quite like Oldman.
I really love this movie inspite of the pain that they all suffered.
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