Legend the latest movie that tries to document the activities of Britains most notorious gangster The Krays and if I am honest this was a movie that I was really looking forward to. There are multiple reasons for this one is I have some sort of fascination with the story itself and two because Tom Hardy was going to play both Ronnie and Reggie Kray and I wanted to see how they would manage the scenes where they were stood next to each other.
The story was going to be intriguing for me because everything that I have seen or read was about them when they were still alive and anyone would some common sense would accept that people like that even though behind bars could influence what was said about them. Not only that the movies and documentaries would have had to go to them for the rights to the story and there in lies the problem. What I found quite interesting though the story was told by the view of Frances Shea (Reggie’s wife that committed suicide) and with the new evidence to how the relationship might have been it added more intrigue. The story although centered around Reggie specifically and the relationship between him and Frances with the way in Ron would cause problems for them, I thought the facts of the story as far as I knew it was pretty well done. The were a few things that were left out, but it was interesting because of the fresh view on them.
As a non-Kray fan though it would seem the story was lacking in some respects because the guys that I go to the cinema with commented on how the interesting parts of the story for them was the feud with the Richardsons but it seemed over before it began and they didn’t go into enough detail about it. However this for me was easily understandable because it was close to real life in the fact the gang got caught by the police before anything really happened.
Now onto the movie itself, I did enjoy it but couldn’t help but feel that it was a bit of mix of trying to be true to real life and making it a comedy where they made Ronnie out to be a real dumbass. Which did annoy me a little because although he had his mental health issues and some of the attitudes were right from what I’ve read and seen so far but couldn’t help but feel they went over the top with how dull they made him out to be. The performances, however, was really well done especially Tom Hardy, he did a really good job in this movie to play both characters.
Overall I would give Legend myself 7/8 because really enjoyed it and although the way Ronnie was portrayed was a little annoying, it wasn’t too far from what I was expecting and I would recommend it to any Kray Fan. As a non-Kray Fan, my friend gave the movie a 5/10 mainly because it didn’t have the gang warfare he was hoping I don’t think.