You’d be Kray-zy to miss it

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

but it is Aus­tralia’s Emily Brown­ing that emerges as the break­through ac­tor in the role of long-suf­fer­ing wife.

The charm­ing but dan­ger­ous Regi­nald (Hardy) woos Frances (Brown­ing) in the 1960s as his crim­i­nal en­ter­prise in Lon­don is on the rise.

Af­ter a stint in jail, he prom­ises her he will clean up his act but he al­ways breaks that prom­ise, while ne­go­ti­at­ing the in­creas­ingly er­ratic be­hav­iour of his openly gay brother Ron­ald (Hardy).

Hardy is solid in both roles, though skirts dan­ger­ously close to car­i­ca­ture with Ron­ald, as if the goofy ‘60s spec­ta­cles aren’t silly look­ing enough he em­ploys many ec­cen­tric man­ner­isms in this par­tic­u­lar per­for­mance.

Brown­ing’s per­for­mance is the one that lingers in the mem­ory, with her role of­ten tak­ing cen­tre stage while the twins slink to the back.

Writer/di­rec­tor Brian Hel­ge­land em­ploys a re­fresh­ing sto­ry­telling tech­nique, film­ing from Frances’ point of view which al­lows more ac­cess to the char­ac­ters than most gang­ster films.

We may get more Hardy for our buck, but Leg­end is more than just his per­for­mances.

Tom Hardy as both Regi­nald and Ron­ald Kray in

Leg­end.

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