Legend, Scott’s fourth film (released three years after quiet game changer Blade Runner), opens with the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) in an expository monologue sure to make kids in the audience cling to their parent’s arm. Sample dialogue: “Mother Night, fold your dark arms around me.” (He’s pure evil, in case you hadn’t guessed.) His diabolical plan? To banish light forever by removing the horns of two unicorns, for “as long as they roam the earth, evil can never harm the pure of heart.”
Enter Jack (Tom Cruise, two years after Risky Business), a forest dweller and friend to the fairies who sets out to protect the beasts and win the heart of Princess Lily (Mia Sara in her debut).
So what we have here is a fantasy with a princess, a hero, a hellish villain, unicorns, fairies, and goblins. It’s colorful and crammed from the first frame to the last with special effects and Oscar-nominated makeup. Maybe most such fairytales should be executed this way, so the target audience of kids don’t concern themselves with developed characters or an original story and can instead be enchanted by sparkle and princess kisses.
In that sense, Legend works about as well as it could. But for anyone who didn’t see the film when they were, say, ten or younger, it’s just a silly little fable headlined by unicorns and creatures that look like burnt versions of bargain-level Jim Henson puppets. It would have made a fine 14-page picture book.
Isolated Music Score by Tangerine Dream (Theatrical)
Creating a Myth: The Making of Legend (51:03): This retrospective featurette features a number of the main cast/crew (with the notable exception of Tom Cruise). Mixed with behind-the-scenes footage, the interviews offer insight into a variety of topics on everything from creating the screenplay to Ridley Scott’s tennis game.
Lost Scenes (13:19): There are two here: “Alternate Opening: Four Goblins” and “The Faerie Dance.” The first is a bit long, running around ten minutes, while the second is comprised of storyboards.
Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, a Photo Gallery, and a Music Video round out the special features.