You’d be Kray-zy to miss it
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