When... will I... will I be (in)famous?
Classic Elsternwick - Saturday 31 October 2015, 4:20pm
Running time: 131m
Country: United Kingdom
Classification: MA15+ (Strong violence and coarse language)
Release date: 15/10/15
Cost: $12.50 (1 x Optus Rewards, 1 x Classic membership)
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3/5)
Inspired by true events, Ronnie (Tom Hardy) and Reggie Kray (Tom Hardy) are gangsters who used violence and intimidation to rule London's underworld in the 1960s. By getting rid of their enemies, the brothers don't let anything stand in way of their quest for criminal superiority and a broad social acceptance. In a world where gangsters mix with the aristocracy, the twins receive some lucky breaks, but it's only a matter of time before their house of cards collapsed.
Narrated by Reggie's wife Frances (Emily Browning), Legend is a compelling, disturbing and violent tale of crime and punishment. Tom Hardy's performances as the twins is the most outstanding thing about the film as he shifts between the calm (but ruthless) Reggie and the psychotic (but ruthless) Ronnie. However the extreme differences between the Krays (Ronnie's unhinged eccentricity borders on comic absurdism) make this a challenging film to watch as it continually shifts gears; tender and moving one moment, farcical the next. The narrative is built around the romance between Reggie and Frances, but it's the dynamic between the twins that breathes life into a storyline that is bleak and, at times, upsetting. The violence leaves nothing to the imagination and there were many scenes that were too uncomfortable to watch. 1960s East End London is captured beautifully and the cinematography is clean, deliberate and uses pattern and symmetry to great effect. The use of cockney will be challenging to some, but it's s film worth having a butcher's hook at. Blimey. (ME)