Oscar Season Challenge – Legend (2015)

Movie Rob and I are continuing our journey through potential Oscar contenders with this one Legend.

 

legendDirector: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland (Screenplay) John Pearson (Book)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Paul Bettany, Taron Egerton, Christopher Eccleston, David Thewlis, Colin Morgan, Paul Anderson

 

Plot: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Gangster Biographical Picture

 

Story: Legend starts as we meet Reggie Kray (Hardy) the calm polite of the twins as he goes about his everyday routine being followed by detective Nipper Read (Eccleston). We also meet Ronald Kray (Hardy) who upon his time in jail he ends up in mental home after being declared insane showing the difference between the two.

We get to see the Kray twins start off as just men running the East end to rise up to become the most notorious gangsters in London as well as being untouchable within the City, but what rises always falls all told from the love of Reggie, Frances (Browning).

Legend gives us a look at two of the most famous gangster that ruled London in the 1960-70s that show how the rise of power became too much for the twins. Their different styles really are what makes this interesting see how one being calm and the other on edge shows that the two complement each other nicely. When it comes to the gangster side of the story I do think this will come off slightly short for the fans because we learn more about the men than what they did. We have enough different versions of this story following these characters and this is the only one I saw so I can’t judge how well this stands up against others.

 

Actor Review

 

Tom Hardy: Ronald and Reginald Kray, Ronald is the psychopathic brother that wants to be a real gangster, Reggie is the calm business like side of the twins who wants to rule London but follows the calmer approach. They can both handle themselves in fights and have very different interests in life but they both are part of the most notorious gangsters London has ever seen. Tom is brilliant in this role playing both these brothers.kray

Emily Browning: Frances Shea is the love interest of Reggie Kray she is from a normal family and is the sister of his driver. She helps keep him from becoming like his brother but will not stay with him if he keeps returning to jail. Emily is good in this role playing the narrator to the story.fracis

David Thewlis: Leslie Payne is the public relations man for the Kray’s while Reggie picks him Ronny doesn’t get along with his ways of doing things. David is good in this supporting role.

Taron Egerton: Teddy Smith is one of Ronny’s boys that also is his love interest, he is happy to get his hands dirty when it comes to doing the dirty work for Ronny. Taron is great in this supporting role showing he can play two different roles after his performance in Kingsman.

Support CastLegend has a great supporting cast that all help show the storyline of the brothers.

Director Review: Brian Helgeland Brian gives us a good look at two iconic men in British history.

 

Biographical: Legend shows us two iconic men in British gangster history very well.

Crime: Legend brings us into the criminal underworld of the Kray Twins.

Settings: Legend recreates the settings to show us London for the same time period.  

Suggestion: Legend is one for all the gangster to enjoy without being too graphic. (Gangster Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Hardy is brilliant.

Worst Part: We don’t see enough of what the two get up to in the crime world.

 

Believability:  Based on the real criminal brothers.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Not likely but could have an outside shot.

Runtime: 2 Hour 11 Minutes

Tagline: Power. Fear. Family.

Trivia: Tom Hardy actually brought his wife to the film premiere as his date. They both also brought their dog.

 

Overall: Gangster film that really ends up showing two men in a positive light rather than the true criminals they really were.

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Rogue (2007)

rogueDirector: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean (Screenplay)

Starring: Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, Caroline Brazier, Stephen Curry, Celia Ireland, John Jarratt, Mia Wasikowska

 

Plot: An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Crocodile Creature Feature

 

Story: Rogue starts when Kate Ryan (Mitchell) a tour guide in the Australian outback is take her tour along the river searching for crocodiles. Her tour group includes travel writer Pete McKell (Vartan), a British family, a widower, photographer, a honeymooning couple and a couple of other travellers. Along the way they meet local Neil (Worthington) who has a dislike to tourist.

When the trip is going smoothly and just about to conclude the group see a flare in the distance leading Kate having to make the decision to investigate what it could be. When the boat gets attacked by a crocodile the tourists find themselves trapped on a small island being hunted by one of the biggest crocodiles any of them have every seen. Kate and Neil being the only experts of the outback have to bring the tourists together to keep them calm while they have to survive.

Rogue is what you want to see in the creature feature style of thriller, the big plus is that the crocodile could easily be real because it is only a larger than normal size crocodile but within reason. We do get the generic supporting cast which includes everyone involved have a backstory that seems overly used for the idea of not wanting to see them get killed. This really is a simple watch that does keep you right on the edge of your seat throughout.

 

Actor Review

 

Radha Mitchell: Kate Ryan is the tour guide who responds to a flare with her tour group, she ends up having her boat attack and having to work with local to save the tourists from crocodile that is extra hungry. Radha does a good job in this leading role looking natural as the guide while staying strong on front of her tourists.kate

Michael Vartan: Pete McKell is the travel writer who is reluctantly on the trip, he ends up on the boat trip and has to be the one Kate turns to during the battle to survive using all his years of experience in stress situations. Michael does a solid job but never really steps up enough till the final act of the film.

Sam Worthington: Neil Kelly is the local who doesn’t like the tourist and spends most of his time invading their tours, but when he finds Kate stranded he helps the tourists deal with the crocodile that has already taken one of his friends. Sam is good in one of his early roles in this supporting role playing the general bad ass helper.

Support Cast: Rogue has a generic supporting cast that all do well with what the characters end up doing.

Director Review: Greg McLeanGreg gives us a good action horror dealing with the killer crocodile.

 

Action: Rogue is mostly filled with action survival during the escape from the crocodile.

Horror: Rogue turns the crocodile into the creature feature feel to the enemy which works to add horror to the situation of being trapped.

Thriller: Rogue keeps us on the edge of our seats from the first crocodile attack.

Settings: Rogue puts our characters trapped with nowhere to run against the enemy who wants to kill them.
Special Effects
: Rogue has a few questionable effects when it comes to the crocodile in the final act.

Suggestion: Rogue is one film that I think people can enjoy but I would understand people finding it slightly generic. (Try It)

 

Best Part:  Edge your seat once the crocodile attacks.

Worst Part: Dog.

Favourite Quote: Kate ‘So what did you think of the tour?’

 

Believability: The idea of a crocodile that big is possible but what happens not so much.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: How Fast Can You Swim?

 

Overall: Good creature feature feeling film from start to finish

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2015 Awards – Worst Actress

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Worst Actress, these are the actress you would either expect better or couldn’t make the most of a terrible script.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Gwyneth Paltrow – Mortdecai mort

·         Shailene Woodley – Insurgent tris

·         Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 katniss

My pick for worst

·         Emma Stone – Aloha allison