Legend Friday, 05 June 2020

Legend

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    18 (UK): Very strong language, strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    Kray-zy.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, David Thewlis, Sam Spruell, Christopher Eccleston, Colin Morgan, Tara Fitzgerald, Adam Fogerty, Martin McCreadie, Shane Attwooll, Chazz Palminteri, Charley Palmer Rothwell

  • Directed by:

    Brian Helgeland

  • Running time:

    131 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide (pills). People are shot, stabbed, throat-sliced, beaten, punched, kicked, hammered, hit with objects, bashed, glassed, hooded, hung upside-down, electrocuted, hit by a car, bitten, headbutted, thrown, imprisoned, handcuffed, raped (implied), grabbed, slapped, hit, crotch-grabbed, whipped (sexual), threatened. A building is rammed, smashed objects, property damage, broken glass. Attempted murder by hit man. Bar fights, brawling. Police raid/door rammed. Arguing, yelling. Rapists, murderers, grievous bodily harm mentioned. References to World War II (Winston Churchill speech/dropped bombs and air raid shelters mentioned). Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody stab wounds, bullet wounds, head, faces, mouths, noses, clothing, objects, cuts. Scars, stitches, bruising, bandage. Patient in hospital bed, IV drip. Cancer, heart attack mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Homosexual orgy. Pornographic film (male-male) seen briefly. Kissing, flirting, caressing, undressing. Shirtless man, man in singlet, low-cut gowns, women in nightgowns, woman in underwear, skimpy dancewear. Sexual innuendo/banter.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug overdose/addiction. People consume prescription pills (Stemetil and 'Mummy's Little Helpers'). Vials of pills seen. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, cocktails, spirits, hip flask). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (roulette). Pub, club, casino settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, w*nkers. Name-calling. Slang terms for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory terms for women and homosexuals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Ronald and Reginald Kray, gangsters, London, crime, Eastenders, marriage, fraud, protection rackets, Mafia, paranoid schizophrenia, homosexuality, suicide, death, grief, engagement, mothers-in-law, brutality, corruption, scandal, murder.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead wife/daughter/sister, relationship breakup. Prison, courtroom, cemetery, hospital, wedding, pub, club, casino, church settings. Donkey. Spitting, thunder. Based on the book The Profession of Violence by John Pearson.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Slick, melancholy, amusing, fast, loose, heavyweight, swaggering, savvy, engrossing, lurid, bold, brash. Award-baiting/astonishing/magnetic/towering/astonishing/gutsy/physical/flashy performance/s by Tom Hardy, excellent performance by Emily Browning, strong supporting cast, seamless CGI of Kray twins, attractive retro/comic-book lensing, richly detailed production design, immersive period reconstruction, impeccable costume design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Flawed, lengthy, muddled, shallow. Baggy structure, bad dialogue, distracted focus, workmanlike direction, sluggish second half, Frances is frustratingly underwritten, voice-over narration feels jarring/clichéd/artless at times, offers little real insight into the Kray twins, somewhat incoherent/vacuous.

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