Legend (1985) Movie Review

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: William Hjortsberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert

Plot: A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.


Tagline – “No Good without Evil. No Love without Hate. No Innocence without Lust. I am Darkness.” 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Typical 80s Fantasy Film

Story: Legend starts when a young beautiful princess Lili (Sara) spends her time into woods with the handsome Jack (Cruise) she gets too close to the unicorns, touching them, breaking the rules of the land. Lili is taken by the lord of darkness to become his bride, while Jack must go on an adventure in a land that has changed because of the events to save his love Lili.

Thoughts on Legend

Characters – Jack is the handsome young man that thrives in the woods, he knows every creature and how to communicate to them, he has been teaching Lili, only he won’t give up every secret. When we see what happens he will do everything he can to try and save her from the darkness that is looking to consume her. Lili is a princess who doesn’t want to be part of the royal life, she enjoys the woodland area only her curiosity only gets her in trouble when she touches a unicorn bringing darkness to the land, being taken by the dark lord to be his wife, she is torn between being seduced by this new world and escape to the world she enjoys being part of. Darkness has been waiting for somebody to make the mistake, now he has a chance to rule by marrying Lili bringing the darkness to the world forever.

PerformancesTom Cruise does show the world that he was going to be as an actor with this role that showed his skills to the world. Mia Sara does show us that she was one of the best actresses of the 80s. Tim Curry does add the class to the role as the villain.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that must travel across a mystical land in hopes of saving his love from the darkness which has taken her. This is typical fantasy styled story that does show us how the different levels of status within the people and creatures and how the legends of the area, must be obeyed or it could affect everyone. We see how one will put a group together to risk everything to get what they want from life, with most being escape from a different situation before a showdown with the big evil.

Adventure/Fantasy/RomanceThe adventure side of the film takes Jack and other creatures on the journey to save Lili, overcoming the difficulties coming their way, in this full-blown fantasy world, showing what will be done for love.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the different challenges that face Jack along the way, each one will become an obstacle for him to overcome.


Scene of the Movie – Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does feel to 80s.

Final Thoughts This is an 80s filled adventure that does everything it can to fit the era of release, showing just how much somebody will do for love.

Overall: Pure 80s adventure.

James Bond Month – Octopussy (1983) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Really, 007! Look, I haven’t time for these adolescent antics!” – Q

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’83, cable, video, 15 Dec 2014 and 11 Nov 2019)

Link to original review – Here

Brief Synopsis – James Bond is sent on a mission to try and find out why someone is creating replicas of a priceless Faberge Egg.

My Take on it – This is Bond film that has always had a soft place in my heart since it was also the very first film in the series that I saw in the theater even though I was just 9 years old.

This is such a fun film in the franchise and proved once again how great a Bond Roger Moore could be especially with his mix of action and comic reactions to everything.

The story itself works really well and they do a wonderful job having the character of James Bond travel to many places over the course of the plot.

The gadgets used in this film are also great and they allow both sides to utilize some very intriguing tools including a yo-yo saw which is quite effective.

They also are able to enhance the “light” nature of the movie allowing Bond to use his usual quips regarding everything that happens.

The villains in the film are pretty tame, yet they all do a great job keeping Bond on his toes as they match both wits and brawn throughout the movie.

The fact that Bond dresses up as a clown and fights off the bad guys in that costume is so much fun to watch and leaves a lasting and memorable impression.

Maud Adams is very memorable Bond girl and her chemistry with Moore is superb.

The film has a great theme song that works really well in establishing the love story aspect of the film.

Listen to All Time High here:

Bottom Line – Another really fun Moore outing as Bond. The story works really well and his globetrotting in this film is done in a very enjoyable way.  The gadgets that the character gets in this film also are great and add so much to the light atmosphere of this film. The various villains are all great and it’s enjoyable watching then and Bond play games of wit and strength in order to try and outdo one another. Seeing Bond dressed as a clown in the circus is hilarious and leaves a lasting impression.  The theme song All Time High is superb and works so well within the context of the film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stuntman Martin Grace had a serious accident while filming on the train. Hanging on the side of it, the train went into a non-assessed area of the track and he rammed into a pylon, seriously damaging his leg and hip and hospitalizing him for several months. He made a full recovery. In a similar vein, the actor who uses the buzz saw yo-yo broke his arm when he fell over the balcony onto Octopussy’s bed. Despite his injury and having to wear a cast, he insisted on completing the rest of his scenes. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

James Bond Month – Octopussy (1983)

Director: John Glen

Writer: George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, Michael G Wilson (Screenplay)

Starring: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, David Meyer

 

Plot: A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent’s death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.


Tagline – Nobody does him better.

Runtime: 2 Hours 11 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun & Enjoyable

 

Story: Octopussy starts when a Fabergé egg goes missing and one agent ends up dead, James Bond (Moore) is bought into investigate the case, this starts by following Kamal Khan (Jourdan) and Magda (Wayborn) all the way to India and the mysterious Monsoon Mansion.

James will come face to face with a jewel smuggler known as Octpussy (Adams) who has been working with the Russian, can he solve the case and avenge his fellow agent’s death?

 

Thoughts on Octopussy

 

Characters – James Bond is still considered one of the best agents in the force which meaning he must once again go into action as he goes in search for answers when one of the agents gets killed, he still has his charm as he goes about his mission. Octopussy is the leader of a jewel smuggling ring that has an involvement in the agent’s death, she knows how to control the situation and both sides of the law. Kamal Khan is the middle man for everyone, he is working for the Russians and Octopussy, leaving him to be facing all of the deals that are taking place. He will kill anyone that gets in his way. Magda is one of the beautiful women that work for Octopussy, she uses her looks to trick the men into giving her what she wants, including Bond.

PerformancesRoger Moore was always the best Bond for the cheesy lines, which he hits perfectly well, he did have the weak side when it came to the action spots like others hand, this show us why. Maud Adams goes work in the role which could be a villain or just somebody against the law, while Louis Jourdan does make for a fun villain doing the dirty work. For the most part this is one of the better acted Bond movies in a few years now.

StoryThe story here continues the adventures of James Bond, this time he enters the world of jewel smuggling which will see him travelling the world and learning just what is the major plan behind the sort after Faberge egg. This does bring the story back to the grounded roots which are always the better stories, with no connection to the previous films. The suspense is kept going through the story and by the end, we do feel like we are in a situation where the worst could happen.

Action/AdventureThe action contains a couple of entertaining chase sequences which seem o place us in location we haven’t seen before including the streets of India.

SettingsThe film does take us across the globe, with India, Austria and Germany being the locations used for solving the case.


Scene of the Movie –
India street chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not understand backgammon.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most underrated Bond movies to date, it keeps the story tight, has great action sequences and even the cheesy one liners work this time around.

 

Overall: One of the best Bond movies.

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