Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy Enthrall in 'Legend'

Legend is a film adaptation of The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson.  Based on real life events, the movie is about the rise and fall of the Kray Twins – who, at the peak of their notorious careers, had controled a large part of London’s criminal underworld.  Tom Hardy plays the roles of both Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray.

I had been meaning to watch this movie for one reason alone: Tom Hardy’s double performance.  And just as I hoped, he knocked it out of the park.  He was almost as fantastic as Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany in distinctively and strongly portraying his respective characters, and in flawlessly conducting the interactions between them.  This aspect is easily the most thrilling part of this movie.

However, as a crime thriller, it’s not so thrilling at all.  Though it does have the ingredients to become a genuinely great one – most important of all is Hardy’s participation – the narrative isn’t able to use them in making something remarkable.

Legend just doesn’t live up to its name.  It’s an okay movie at best, but out of Hardy’s enthralling performance – performances – it has nothing notable to offer.

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