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Legend
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06.07.2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Ridley Scott

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Mia Sara
Tim Curry

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A forest dweller (Cruise) sets out to prevent the Lord of Darkness (Curry) from banning sunlight forever.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
From facehuggers and replicants to fairies and unicorns in just over five years…

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.
THE EXTRAS
Feature commentary with director Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut): Scott gives fans a detailed commentary, touching on just about every aspect of the making of Legend. Though the above review is a negative one, Scott certainly enjoys his film and it’s actually nice to hear him speak so highly of it.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Legend isn't one of the key efforts in Ridley Scott's filmography, nor is it one of better fantasy films of the '80s. Still, its following will be pleased overall with this Blu-ray, which houses two versions of the film. Others should spend their time with The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and/or The Princess Bride, which are all also available on BD.
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1:46PM on 06/07/2011

great movie worthless movie review

This is a serious face palm moment. I swear people often take for granted the amazing work that some movies did in the past before the advent of the advanced special effects we see today. This film served as a blueprint long before lord of the rings or many other recent flicks on how to do fairy tale films with incredible production values. Even today there are some scenes and effects in legend that few could ever duplicate with such high quality. Its a shame that such high quality is wasted on
This is a serious face palm moment. I swear people often take for granted the amazing work that some movies did in the past before the advent of the advanced special effects we see today. This film served as a blueprint long before lord of the rings or many other recent flicks on how to do fairy tale films with incredible production values. Even today there are some scenes and effects in legend that few could ever duplicate with such high quality. Its a shame that such high quality is wasted on some people but then again with the modern age of effects we have now people get jaded about how things use to be. What a face palm moment indeed.
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1:18PM on 06/07/2011
What I enjoyed and appreciated the most about this film was the vast settings. The underworld, swamp, even some of the forest scenes where amazing. Even twenty years later, most movies cannot produce settings that looked as good in Legend.
What I enjoyed and appreciated the most about this film was the vast settings. The underworld, swamp, even some of the forest scenes where amazing. Even twenty years later, most movies cannot produce settings that looked as good in Legend.
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8:04AM on 06/07/2011
Yeah, this is not a very good film. But I'd still like to give props to the character of Darkness, as Tim Curry is great and when he finally appears in full it's pretty incredible. Otherwise, it's very passable.
Yeah, this is not a very good film. But I'd still like to give props to the character of Darkness, as Tim Curry is great and when he finally appears in full it's pretty incredible. Otherwise, it's very passable.
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