2 June 2017


Legend 2015
  • Director: Brian Helgeland
  • Based on the book by John Pearson
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Colin Morgan, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Tara Fitzgerald, Nicholas Farrell
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Tom Hardy – Mad Max Fury Road, Flood, The Dark Knight Rises, Soldier Sailor Tinker Spy, Inception
    • Emily Browning – Summer in February, Ned Kelly,
    • Colin Morgan – Humans, The Fall, The Living and the Dead, The Huntsman Winter’s War, The Laughing King, Testament of Youth, The Tempest (on stage at the Globe and the filmed version), Quirke, Merlin, Island, Parked, The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who
    • Christopher Eccleston – Fortitude, Doctor Who, 28 Days Later, The Others, eXistenZ, Elizabeth, Jude, Shallow Grave
    • David Thewlis – Macbeth, The Theory of Everything, Harry Potter, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Kingdom of Heaven, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, The Big Lebowski, Naked, Life Is Sweet
    • Tara Fitzgerald – Rose and Maloney, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brassed Off
    • Nicholas Farrell – Mortdecai, Testament of Youth, Summer in February, Amazing Grace, Driving Lessons, Sex Chips and Rock’n’Roll, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Why? Colin Morgan
  • Seen: 25 May 2017

             As a rule I don’t like gangster films but this is London and Colin Morgan has a small role so I’ll give it a try.
       Oh look, Christopher Eccleston is in it too. A cop. Colin Morgan is Frank, chauffeur to Reggie Kray, one of the gangster twins. And brother to Frances, who marries Reggie.
       Oh look, Nicholas Farrell is in it too. A psychiatrist who lies, from fear, saying that Ron Kray is sane though he’s barking mad, or as Farrell puts it in sober medical terms, ‘off his fucking rocker.’
       Oh look, the actor who plays Endeavor is in it too. And Tara Fitzgerald, as Frank and Frances’s mother. And David Thewlis.
       It’s confusing but interesting.  London and the East End of the 60’s are lovingly portrayed and the psychological study of the two twins – the cheeky, charming, violent business gangster Reggie, and the psychopathically murderous but also charming Ron – is well played by Hardy in his best role so far. Everyone ensnared and enthralled in the twins’ web are well portrayed by Browning, Morgan and the rest – all actors who deliver as they always do.
       The music is good as well – both the live music and the background 60’s hits.
       For a gangster film it’s quite good. But it’s still a gangster film.

3 ½ * of 5   

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