ByAaron Gillingham, writer at
I'm a film reviewer who also has a keen eye for filmmaking

Legend is directed by Brian Helgeland and stars Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Bettany and David Thewlis. This film is a new retelling of the rise and fall of the Kray twins, many films have tackled this subject in the past with the last good one being in the 90's featuring the Kemp brothers as the notorious twins.

The highlight of this film by far is the acting, there is not a single person who slacks under pressure. The standout however is Tom Hardy's double-barrel performance as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. Instead of doing the same thing twice and passing it off as the twins, Hardy manages to make both Ronnie and Reggie completely different. Ronnie being the unreliable, loose cannon and Reggie being the threatening yet calculated one.

The film is directed pretty well. It's obvious that they were attempting to translate the slick feel of american gangster films on to a British canvas, for the most part it works but their are some moments when it feels like it is trying too hard to be the next Godfather. The film also contains some genuinely funny moments a lot of the time unexpected but well worth it.

Despite it being a solid film it isn't without it's flaws. Even though it doesn't particularly feel slow, there are a few times where you will check your watch. Also the score felt a bit out of place in my opinion, it would be best suited for a TV show rather than a serious high quality film.

Even though it isn't a flawless film there is still a lot to like about it. The performances are absolutely great especially from Tom Hardy and there are more than a few enjoyable moments


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