Monday, 17 November 2014

Legend Review


Release Date: 2nd January 1986 - Australia

Production Companies
Legend Production Company (made by)
Embassy International Pictures

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 95 minutes
               89 minutes (USA)
               115 minutes
               (director's cut)

Budget: $24,500,000

Box Office Gross: $23,506,237

Plot Summary
A tale of the eternal 
struggle between good 
and evil, in a magical land 
where all creatures dwell 
in peace and unicorns 
hold the secret of light. 
But light is fatal to the lord 
of darkness, and when 
he steals the secret, a 
human named Jack and 
a beautiful princess must 
face the horrors of his 
underground castle to 
rescue the unicorns and 
vanquish darkness.

Tom Cruise - Jack
Mia Sara - Lili
Tim Curry - Darkness
David Bennent - Honeythorn Gump
Alice Playten - Blix
Billy Barty - Screwball
Cork Hubbert - Brown Tom
Peter O'Farrell - Pox
Annabelle Lanyon - Oona
Robert Picardo - Meg Mucklebones

Director - Ridley Scott
Writer - William Hjortsberg
Producer - Arnon Michlan
Production Designer - Assheton Gorton
Costume Designer - Charles Knode
Special Makeup Creator - Rob Bottin
Director of Photography - Alex Thomson
Unicorn Master/Stunt
Coordinator - Vic Armstrong
Special Effects Supervisor - Nick Allder
Film Editor - Terry Rawlings
Music - Jerry Goldsmith
and Tangerine Dream (USA Only)


1986 Academy Awards
Best Makeup - Rob Bottin and Peter Robb-King (Nominated)

The fantasy movie LEGEND has always been overlooked by several movie-goers of the 80s when it flopped on the same year as the other fantasy but animated spectacle from Disney, THE BLACK CAULDRON (click here). This cult movie had a difficult history and was intended by its director Ridley Scott to switch his category of sci-fi into the fantasy genre after he went through the controversial changes in BLADE RUNNER (click here). Many years from now after a long time since having seen LEGEND, I feel that it isn't in the same repertoire as many of his great timeless films. It certainly did approach the dark fairytale adventure with enthusiasm and manages to capture the spirituality elements of the story. It was a bold, daring move for Ridley, has its visible flaws which let down the overall quality of the film, Ridley had a team enlisted to supervise the designs and make-up to create the world and creatures of such beautiful European folklore. 

What fascinates me the most is how Tim Curry does a superb performance as the demonic figure of Satan. You can't escape this monstrous look and deep voice which manages to frighten the young viewers. Tom Cruise already has the youth and charisma and then adds his solid-based acting to further his leading role as the protagonist. One more thing I truly liked on this version of the film is the background instrumentation by Jerry Goldsmith, to me, it's very mystical defining and uplifting in a keen sense of scoring. 

If Ridley Scott actually done the final cut of BLADE RUNNER, then why couldn't he do the same for his fantasy movie of LEGEND in restoring the balance of the vision he once had. It's best you choose the director's cut if you have the chance, unfortunately, this version is only available in region 1. But you can order it on eBay or watch it online.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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