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.


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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.



The Revenant (2015)

rvenantDirector: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writer: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mark L Smith (Screenplay) Michael Punke (Novel)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas, Brad Carter, Kristoffer Joner, Brendan Fletcher, Paul Anderson


Plot: In the 1820s, a frontiersman named Hugh Glass sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.


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Verdict: Visual Masterpiece


Story: The Revenant starts as Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) and his frontiersmen including John Fitzgerald (Hardy), Andrew Henry (Gleeson) and Jim Bridger (Poulter) come under attack by the locals Indians who take out large numbers of the men before fleeing looking to find a way back home. While guiding the men back to safety Hugh gets savagely attack by a bear leaving him on deaths door as the few remaining men have to make a difficult decision about what to do next with him.

When Hugh gets abandoned he is left with nothing but the desire for vengeance on the people who took everything from him, as we watch a truly broken man in body and in mind set out against impossible weather condition to get his revenge.

The Revenant is going to be talked about as one of the best films of the year and simply put, it deserves the praise it is getting. The story of revenge all comes of brilliantly, while each character is bought into the story to bring us to the overall outcome. The triumph against the odds is hard to watch with the battles against nature shows how desire for revenge can get through anything. While there isn’t too much dialogue you simple don’t need to spend any time listening to what is happening because it is all visual.


Actor Review


Leonardo DiCaprio: Hugh Glass is one of the frontiersman who knows the area the best, he leads the men around danger, he is part of this with his son Hawk after the rest of their family is killed. When he gets attacked by a bear he ends up finding himself on deaths door as the rest of the men leave him to die, he just won’t quit as he comes for all the people that left him there to die. Leonardo gives us one of his best and hardest most brutal performance of his career here.hgh

Tom Hardy: John Fitzgerald is the frontiersman who is always looking out for himself, he wants to get away from the enemy quickly by leaving people behind before he makes the final decision on leaving Hugh, he is with Jim Bridger and his example is teaching him about how to survive. Tom does a great job in this role playing the character opposite to DiCaprio’s.john

Domhnall Gleeson: Andrew Henry is the leader of the frontiersman who lets the correct people make the decision while using his higher education to keep them grounded and healthy. Domhnall gives us a brilliant supporting performance showing that he really is a major player in the acting world. andrew

Will Poulter: Jim Bridger is the young man who is part of the frontiersman, he is left with Fitzgerald to make sure Hugh gets a proper burial but is tricked by him into leaving him alone, but along the way he learns a valuable lesson about surviving in the situation they find themselves in. Will is also brilliant in this supporting role with great scenes with Hardy.bridger

Support Cast: The Revenant has a brilliant supporting cast that all give us performance worthy of the film itself with everyone looking like they are part of the story.

Director Review: Alejandro Gonzalez InarrituAlejandro gives us a visual masterpiece that will get talked about for years to come.


Adventure: The Revenant shows the dark but stunning adventure Hugh must go on for his revenge.

Thriller: The Revenant keeps you on the edge of your seat as you never know what Hugh will come up against next.

Western: The Revenant uses the western time period to show the scenery as our characters are being put through.

Settings: The Revenant creates visual settings that will make your eyes just go wow as we see the harsh condition the story goes through.
Special Effects
: The Revenant has brilliant special effects especially with the animal related scenes,

Suggestion: The Revenant is one of the best films this year and has to be watch by all. (Watch)


Best Part: Visuals are breath taking.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final act.

Oh My God Moment: Hugh versus the Bear.


Believability: Based on real events of the story of Hugh Glass.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for 4 Golden Globes including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Oscar Chances:

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 36 Minutes

Tagline: Blood lost. Life found.

Trivia: Tom Hardy has stated that he doesn’t read scripts and at one time was due to star in Splinter Cell (2017), he wanted to play a soldier but Leonardo DiCaprio begged him to read the script for this movie. Hardy read half the script and accepted the role.


Overall: Visual masterpiece this year that will show you just how far one man will go for revenge