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.
Performances – Tom 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.
Story – The 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/Romance – The 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.
Settings – The 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.
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.