New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 88

Unlike Medak’s film, which focused on the relationship between the brothers and their domineering mother, Helgeland’s film begins in 1966, with paranoid schizophrenic Ronnie newly released from a psychiatric ward, thanks to the intimidation of his psychiatrist. Waiting on the outside is his twin brother Reggie, who has been building quite the criminal empire in his twin’s absence. Thus begins a riff on Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, as Ronnie’s psychotic behaviour threatens to tear apart everything Reggie has built. Every piece of marketing around Legend has centered around the dual casting of Hardy, and while it’s fascinating to watch at the outset, it quickly becomes a millstone around the film’s neck. The effect is quite poor when compared to contemporaries like Armie Hammer’s Winklevoss twins in The Social Network and Sam Rock- Watch the trailer for Legend NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 88