Inspired from John Pearson's very chilling biography of the rise and fall of London's notoriously famous Kray brothers, Legend is narrated from Reggie Kray's wife, Frances' point of view about the twins, their profession of violence and her marriage with Reggie.
Legend is a very realistic reminder about the Kray reign which makes the film chilling for viewers who knew about the Krays and a bit uneventful for people who aren't familiar with the twins and are looking for a more dramatic crime film. Tom Hardy brings the characters to live with an utterly convincing portrayal of Reggie and his schizophrenic identical twin, Ron. Hardy's depiction of the twins who were both very similar yet noticeably different is uncanny as he hauntingly resembles them in looks and personality in this film.
Reggie's character is a cruel reminder that criminals can be charismatic and charming. Ron's open admittance to being homosexual is handled distastefully in the film like it must have been received at that time and age. The film has no mention of their older brother Charles keeping the sole focus on the famous twins.
Legend has strong language and violent scenes which was an integral part of the Krays but because of the way the story is told one cannot help but feel sorry for Reggie although he was a violent murderer. The story is told in a romantic manner with the spotlight on Reggie and Frances love story instead of the twin's criminal adventures. Ron and Reggie's love-hate relationship with each other was also of focus making this film more about the Kray as a family rather than the gangsters of East End.
This film is definitely worth a visit to the movies, if not for the sake of watching the film to witness the brilliant performance by Tom Hardy.
Rating - 3 and half star Cast - Tom Hardy, Emily Browning , David Thewlis, Taron Egerton