Film Review: Legend

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Possession may be nine-tenths of the law but reputation carries more weight and it’s fair to say that the Kray twins have some reputation. The stories of the life they lead, the violence they commanded and the fear they instilled still as powerful, and as shocking, today as it was in the 1960s. They may no longer be alive, they may no longer walk the streets, but still there is that little tinge of fear inside you when you talk about them. Fear that saying something out of turn may still cause a ripple and a repercussion.

I am not fascinated by the brothers, but I know their story. I know the outline plot to real life events that surrounded them and so, when I saw Tom Hardy (and Tom Hardy) bringing them back to life I was instantly hooked. As twins their characters really were the polar opposite, the virtual split of a single entity. One good, one mad but together very, very bad. And it appeared that Brian Helgeland’s latest film Legend was about to bring their individual parts, clearly and violently, back to life. Read more

Film Review: Locke

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Locke is one of those strange films that has been on my radar ever since its original cinema run at the start of the year. I remember at the time, people raving about it, about Tom Hardy and about how the director, Steven Knight, had managed to create a cinematic masterpiece out of something so mundane. I even heard an interview with Knight earlier this week in which he talked about how he wanted to create a theatrical piece more than a film. And how Hollywood may like it’s CGI robot fights and skewed realities of evolution, but that on occasions there is true simplicity and beauty in the organic world around us if we’re prepared to look for it.

That for me, is the problem though. I fully agree that urbanisation, modern concrete infrastructure is and can be, beautiful. Even the most regimentally bland, grey and cold 1970’s concrete high-rise can be stunning if viewed from an unusual angle or lit from the right direction. Make no mistake of that. However, what Knight has tried to do in Locke is take that singular beauty, the moment of picturesque clarity and turn it into a film. Locke felt to me more like 85 minutes of postcard pictures, pages of a coffee table book than a proper feature film. Read more