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6.92 h 11 min2015X-Ray18
From Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in a powerhouse double performance. Together, the Kray Twins take over the city.
Brian Helgeland
Paul AndersonTom HardyChristopher Eccleston
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Bluecashmere.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tremendous performance from Tom Hardy
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Above all this film is sustained by a quite outstanding performance from Tom Hardy as both the psychotic Ronnie and the equally violent, if more stable twin, Reggie. The atmosphere of the east end of London in the fifties and sixties is captured with loving attention to detail. As another review points out, we do not look to a feature film for actuality, much of which is, in any case, unknown. I would not accept the view that what we are offered is caricature, though there is a deliberate stylisation at times. Two of the characters - the two principal victims - seemed less than convincing. Neither Jack The Hat nor George Cornell seem to fit into the same key as the Krays and other major characters. They border precariously close to the comic at times. However, overall the film is gripping watching, as indeed was the earlier version, which I recommend to those who have not seen it.
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SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I'll be honest, i dont like this sort of movie and i started watching Legend with an open mind but i didn't like it.
I do usually rate Tom Hardy as an actor but even he couldn't hold this movie together. As the Kemp brothers tried back in the 80's-the Krays were killers and trying to polish their lives for the camera will never work on me so i guess the fault is with me and i shouldn't of watched the movie.

So i rate it two stars
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Charles VaseyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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The story of the Kray brothers has passed into legend (as the film title reminds us) and has become so large that it cannot perhaps be fully enclosed in an single film. As a result any given director is going to pick a few themes and slice away or change the remainder. This film dwells on the nature of the twin relationship by having one actor play both twins, and the nature of Reggie Kray's relationship with his wife Frances Shea. The result in certainly cinematically strong but one can see where stuff has had to been lost in the process. The Enugu episode for example and Lord Boothby gets hardly any time as it is not close to the central themes. I enjoyed the film but did wonder if Kray experts (and there are lots) might not feel the glass was half empty.

It did tempt me back to watching The Long Firm TV series where so much of the Kray story was added to the life of the fictional hero Harry Starks.
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JoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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The voice-over thing doesn’t really work in this film. Tom Hardy does work – he works hard. And clearly it took a lot of work to try and scrub any and all modernity from the London streets and homes featured in a film set in the sixties, but perhaps that’s impossible by now, so they missed a few spots (e.g. double yellow lines here, uPVC windows there...).

The tension and drama never quite builds up enough to stop me looking at the feat of putting two Tom Hardys in so many shots yet still getting the scenes to work and constantly wondering "how did he do that?" and "how did they do that?" and it's that admiration that pulls it up to 3 stars for me, but it's not enough to save the film overall.
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Sam VimesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable take on the life of the Krays
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Enjoyable take on the life of the Krays, but mostly worth watching for the remarkable dual performance of Tom Hardy as Ronnie and Reggie; quite brilliantly done, I thought. The cramped and oppressive East End world in which the Krays thrived was also captured very well on screen, and there were some nicely atmospheric scenes of 1960s nightclub life where celebrities rubbed shoulders with gangsters.

Hardy had a pretty good supporting cast, with Emily Browning portraying his young wife in a sympathetic and convincing way. Of the rest of the cast, I think I enjoyed David Thewlis' representation of the oily Leslie Payne character the most - great fun to watch, and setting just the right tone for the Kray brothers' downfall after the botched assassination attempt on Payne by Jack "The Hat" McVitie. Excellent stuff!
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neal thorleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you want an autobiography read one. If you want a documentary,watch one. If you want a first class cinematic experience, watch this.
Tom Hardy deserves 2 Oscars for his portrayals of Ron and Reg as this film concentrates on the relationship between the Kray twins doing a whirly-twirly dance of spidery destruction in 1960s East London.
Superb supporting cast and great soundtrack.
Violence and humour in equal Shakesperean measure.
A real British classic.
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Movie RamblerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 February 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Head and shoulders above other movies in this genre.
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Legend 2015 UK.

Films like Performance (1968), The Long Good Friday (1980) owe a lot to the most famous of Britain’s home-grown criminals as does Legend (2015) which is based on the book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson adapted for the big screen by its director American Brian Helgeland, best known as script writer on such films as L.A. Confidential (1997), Mystic River (2003), Green Zone (2010) and Robin Hood (2010).

This latest outing, as you may of guessed, is about Ronnie and Reggie Kray identical twin brothers that run organised crime in the East End of London during the 1950’s and 60’s. Unlike Peter Medak’s The Krays (1990) it does not take as its central theme Violent the twins mother but Reggie’s wife Frances’s who also narrates the film. The twins who called themselves The Firm were responsible for armed robberies, arson and protection rackets amongst other criminal activities. The movie not only demonstrates the violence involved with the Kray Empire but also how they became owners of West End nightclubs, which attracted celebrities and entertainers also allowing them to mix with prominent politicians alleged to include both Tom Driberg and Lord Boothby. Because of their connections they became celebrities themselves even being photographed by fashion photographer David Bailey.

The rather slick and polished overview of London’s criminal world in the 1960’s is a triumph for British actor Tom Hardy who convincingly plays both of the brothers and whose performance stays in your mind long after the film is over. Emily Browning is Frances Kray, the wife of Reggie; Christopher Eccleston is Detective Superintendent ‘Nipper’ Reed the nemesis of the Kray twins. The Kray’s business manager is played by David Threwis and Peaky Blinders star Paul Anderson is convincing as Albert Donoghue Reggie’s minder as is Tara Fitzgerald who dressed in black to show her displeasure at her daughter marrying Reggie Kray.

Beneath the razzle dazzle and glamour of the Kray’s life style is the violence that betrayed people’s admiration of these charismatic criminals. This brutal era and the mid sixties detail is enthusiastically drawn out in this movie both by cinematographer Dick Pope who worked with Mike Leigh on many of his films and designer Tom Conroy. From the Bethnal Green terraces to the bright lights of London’s West End we are treated to the working class boys who ‘made good’ - and bad. To a certain extent Helgeland’s feature film is a British gangster movie that stands out head and shoulders above other movies in this genre because of the acting talent of its lead star. [...]
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MReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film
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I absolutely loved this film. Tom Hardy is brilliant as both Ronny and Reggie Kray. To see him as both characters interacting with each other on-screen is amazing.
The story of the Krays is well told. For a film about two of the most notorious criminals that ever lived, it is very funny at times. The script is excellent.
An extra bonus is the appearance of Chazz Palminteri [the Usual Suspects].
There are a couple of scenes that are not for the faint-hearted but overall it is a very enjoyable film
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