I walked into Legend expecting the movie to be your typical gangster movie filled with drama and violence. And don't get me wrong, there is plenty of that to go around, but there is also a lot more to it.
Here are 3 reasons why Legend is the most fun you'll have in a gangster movie:
1. The story of the Kray twins.
If you haven't heard the story of the Kray twins, it is pretty phenomenal. During the 1950's and 1960's the twins became the heads of organized crime in London being largely involved in robberies, assaults, arson and even murder. When they weren't wrapped up in a crime, the twins were also night club owners who hung with celebrities like Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra along with politicians.
It was awesome not only to see the twins grow in the criminal world but also the social world of London. Having such power in both of these circles made them untouchable...well almost untouchable. I'll let you find out the rest on your own when you see it this weekend.
2. The movie is funnier than your average gangster movie.
Legend has all the ingredients of the classic gangster movies that we love. It has the wife that wants the gangster to go straight, it has violent deaths, it has the compelling story of how these two grew to such power. Beyond these ingredients though it is the humor that really made this movie memorable.
The character of Ronnie in particular is what made the humor so memorable. Ronnie is unpredictable, psychotic (literally), socially awkward and had the theater literally laughing out loud in certain scenes. It was particularly funny to see him discuss his sexuality with other men during that time era. Ronnie talks to other gangsters about how much he loves men, often having two young men on his arm, which obviously wasn't often done in the 50's in 60's. Seeing their reactions to this powerful gangster be so open is classic.
3. Tom Hardy's performance as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
Watching Tom Hardy play both characters of Ronnie and Reggie Kray was absolutely the best part of the movie. He did such a convincing job as the suave and powerful Reggie Kray, and equally a convincing job as the psychotic and unpredictable Ronnie Kray. The main focus of the movie is the dynamic between the two brothers, and I honestly forgot that they were the same actor! And lets be honest, there can't be much better than a movie that stars TWO Tom Hardys!