New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 11 - Page 90

York would be a decade later, but Legend may as well be set in Coventry in 1973 for all the context we’re given. At over two hours, the film wastes a lot of time on extended dialogue scenes, telling us constantly how powerful the Krays are, but it rarely demonstrates this visually. Much of the film focuses on the doomed relationship between Reggie and his young bride Frances (Emily Browning), who provides an unnecessary voiceover narration, and if you’ve seen any gangster movie, their argumentative scenes together will feel all too familiar. A sub-plot involving Chazz Palminteri’s representative of the American Mafia leads nowhere, and feels inserted purely to help sell the movie Stateside. Christopher Eccleston pops up as the cop investigating the brothers, but this is another element that’s barely covered. The sight of Tom Hardy attempting to out-act himself is just about enough to hold your attention for a good portion of the film, but after a while the lack of substance begins to weigh heavy and the strings become all too visible. East End? More like dead end! Legend 3 stars out of 5 Directed by: Brian Helgeland Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Bettany, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 11 ARTICLES 90