​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

LEGEND (2015)

Tom Hardy is an amazing actor.  I think I’ve seen enough of his body of work to say that this man can convincingly play any character he puts his mind to – from the title role in the recent Mad Max remake to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises to that tricky fella in Inception.  And especially his one-man show in Locke, which features Locke at the wheel of a car for an hour and a half talking to people on the phone! And now I’ve finally seen Legend which features Hardy as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the infamous real-life Cockney gangster twins of London in the 60s.  And, like the great actor he is, he makes you totally lose yourself in scenes between the volatile Ronnie, who’s bound to go off at any time to anyone anywhere, and the much cooler, smoother Reggie.  You forget this is the same man playing both parts, playing off himself!  This is a tightrope act, playing these two characters who are so alike and so dissimilar at the same time.  And Hardy is up to it. Aside from the performances by Hardy, it’s a typical gangster tale, occasionally full of nasty violence, as we watch the Krays on the way up and follow their inevitable downfall.  Ronnie has some mental issues while Reggie occasionally wants to try and go straight, owning a legit nightclub and making his wife (Emily Browning, who’s excellent) happier.  But it’s hard to go straight with crazy Ronnie around.  Hardy is so damn good it’s amazing, the reason to see Legend.  He’s such a chameleon in his films that it probably will keep him from being a star, so he’ll have to settle for being the best character lead of his era.

 

TLA ONE-WORD REVIEW: expected