Film of the Day: Legend (2015)

Legend
Tom Hardy stars alongside David Thewlis, Paul Bettany and… himself. Photo: StudioCanal

Tom Hardy takes centre stage… twice. Hardy is spot on playing both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the twin gangsters that terrorised London’s east end and Soho during the 1960s. Writer-director Brian Helgeland brings the swaggering narrative to the screen as he gives us an at-times funny, brutal, ridiculous and disturbing picture.

We see the twins’ journey from petty crooks to full-fledged crime bosses, and learn that Reggie seems to be able to keep his cool, whereas the psychotically violent Ronnie is in and out of prison. 

The twins find their ways to evade jail time every time, but when they are in their stride they act as clandestine kings of the swinging sixties; all of this despite their famous faces and celebrity-like personas.

130mins

Legend – Sunday at 9pm on Film4

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