I think we can all agree upon the treasure that is Tom Hardy. Not only is he very handsome (like insanely hot) he is also an extremely talented actor. This week's Movie Monday post is about the movie Legend. Tom Hardy pulls double duty as he is two major characters in the same movie.
Legend is about twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, and is set in 1960s London. Ronnie and Reggie couldn't be more different, but share a common love for being gangsters. Reggie is a very smooth, social, likable man who is the decision maker. Ronnie however, is unpredictable and certified as being paranoid schizophrenic. They are completely different but that's a good dynamic normally.
Initially I wasn't interested in the movie, simply because crime movies aren't my preferred genre. Regardless, I sat down and watched the movie in its entirety. I really didn't know what to expect of it because I had honestly not heard of it before. I wanted to like it, I really did. BUT there were too many flat parts or holes in the movie. Before I get into all of that, I do want to say that Tom Hardy did an excellent job playing the two main characters. He is a very talented actor like I said before.
One thing i had an issue with, was the relationship between Ronnie and Reggie. When you have a story about brothers (especially identical twin brothers) there is a lot you can do with that. Anyone with a sibling can tell you about the drama that occurs. I wanted to see that! There is a special bond that twins are supposed to have, but we didn't get that. We saw a few disagreements, and one blowout fight but the movie lacked the full scope of their relationship. That would have added a level of depth to the story.
Another issue I had was with the relationship between Reggie and Frances. We got to see how they met which was cool, and we saw her visiting him in prison against his wishes. Their relationship was missing a lot as well. I wanted to feel the push and pull between the two, Reggie and being a gangster, and Frances being more innocent and naive. The over use of the word 'Gangster' was a bit strange. Anyway, towards the end of the movie we see he beat her and she left him to stay with her brother. Some time after he comes to see her, she commits suicide by ingesting a ton of pills. This was the only point we saw true gritty emotion about their relationship. It was heartbreaking because you could finally see that he loved her and he was seriously distraught by her death.
Overall I think it was a decent movie, but it was really lacking emotion. Tom Hardy was great in both roles, but the story line needed more depth.
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