Identical twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray were notorious East End London gangsters in the 1960’s. They built a huge organised crime empire and ruled with fear and violence. I have seen a few movies and documentaries about the brothers but this movie is slightly different as it is told from the perspective of Frances Shea (Browning) who becomes Reggie’s wife.
The movie picks up with Reggie and Ronnie well established East End thugs and ready to take on the rest of London, with the help of some American friends. Frances is the younger sister of on the Kray’s drivers and once she catches Reggie’s eye, she never stood a chance. Despite what she might have us believe.
The movie weaves a tale of a sweet, almost innocent, budding romance amidst the horror of brutal violence.
While Reggie is wooing his young love and expanding his empire, he must also deal with his mentally ill twin Ronnie. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his brother and while there is no escaping that his brother is a very, very unwell man, Reggie is blind to it all. He refuses to see the truth caring only that he tends to his brothers needs the best he can.
Tom Hardy does a fantastic job pulling double duty as both Ronnie and Reggie. For identical twins and being portrayed by the same actor, they are world’s apart onscreen. There is only one scene where I could tell there was splicing (or whatever it’s called) going on. The movie is seamless in this regard.
Tom Hardy must surely be the front-runner as the new James Bond now that Daniel Craig cannot stop whinging about how much he hates it. I never liked Craig as Bond anyway so jog on lad and let a real man take over. But I digress…..
I really enjoyed Legend even though I did cover my eyes for some of the more violent scenes. And there are some very bloody and brutal scenes involving fat, sneering South London thugs, the Kray twins and hammers. I know it is glamourising gangsters but it s what it is. This is a great movie for Hardy fans and those who just like to see a good gangster movie.
Love Flick xx
Director : Brian Helgeland
Starring : Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston, Tara Fitzgerald, Mel Raido, Joshua Hill, Colin Morgan, Adam Fogerty, Chris Mason, Sam Spruell
Running Time : 131 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now