1960’s London. The city is in the grip of one of the most notorious crime syndicates in modern British history and a violent turf war is breaking out between two criminal gangs. The men responsible: two twins by the names of Ronnie and Reggie Kray who’s criminal empire brought them fame and fortune to the extent of their iconic pseudo-celebrity status – a tale which is reimagined in 2015’s Legend. The film features a number of big names including performances from Christopher Ecclestone, Emily Browning and David Thewlis – not to mention Tom Hardy’s phenomenal performance in the lead role(s), playing both twins.
Reimagined and embellished in Hollywood swagger, Legend recounts the twin’s story – from their rise to prominence in the London underworld to the height of their empire. While the reality of Krays’ empire was far more gristly and lacking a lot of the glamour that the film places on it, Hardy’s portrayal of either twins is commendable as it adds two quite diverse dimensions to the characters, making the film more a spectacle than a documentary – the charismatic Reggie appeals to the film’s black-comedic tone while Ronnie’s straight-faced, borderline-psychotic demeanour adds a sense of griminess to the production and generally makes whole film a lot more believable.
Legend (2015) – Saturday 9:00pm on Channel 4.