An enjoyable fairy-tale but there really isn't much more to it. I've only seen the director's cut version (with the forever doomed Scott, I always go with it if there's one) but I'm really disappointed that the original Tangerine Dream score is not in it. I like to think that this is what Deckard is dreaming about in "Blade Runner". There are actually some similar themes like immortality, love and unicorns obviously.
Seen both versions now. Director's cut is a bit slow, US cut has a rushed opening and spoil's Tim Curry's intro, but the 80's synth score is more memorable. The world Ridley Scott built is a beautiful one, but it feels a bit empty and lacking in the story department, and the characters are a bit air headed. An interesting film, but not essential by any means.
An interesting career choice from Ridley Scott after mastering the Sci-Fi genre prior to making this fairytale movie.Legend has a brilliant cast including unicorns and goblins.Tom Cruise is courageous as the prince and Mia Sara has the beauty of a princess but TimCurry has the presence of the devil with wicked makeup.The cinematography and production design is captivating almost Disney-like in color palette and size.
Una buona favola onirica confezionata da Scott,caratterizzata da notevoli elementi stilistici,un make-up adeguato al periodo ed una scenografia che colpisce per colori e sfondi paesaggistici. A volte è un pò lentino,si limita a rappresentare l'eterna lotta tra Bene e Male senza spingersi oltre,ma non è mai schizzato o fastidioso e,pur essendo anni-luce dal miglior Scott,alla fine si difende.
Not in any way brilliant, but you have to give credit to the filmmakers for trying to achieve a very particular vision of the Fantasy tale. It's intolerably cheesy at times and Tom Cruise has the charismatic presence of an oyster, but Tim Curry is brilliant as Darkness, Ridley Scott does a great job at the direction, and the dancing scene in the palace just has something sublime to it.
American release version One of the few films that I prefer the American version mainly due to the score here by Tangerine Dream. The film itself is a weird hybrid of fairy tale, horror story, allegory and kitsch that works despite its shortfalls. A triumph of art direction, cinematography and old school makeup effects. Curry and the exquisite Mia Sara make up for the blandness of Cruise. A beautiful gem.
Lovely set design and beautiful direction. The dance scene is one of the best scenes in the film with great music being played behind it. Tim Curry is still as creepy as i remember and so is the witch in the swamp. A childhood fairy tale that can be enjoyed by anyone.
One of my very favorite films ever & certainly of that by Ridley Scott. I prefer the USA version, though there are some elements from the 3 other confirmed versions, European, Director's Cut, and USA Televised version that I love. What an ethereal mystical, magical, breathtaking film, crafted with epic dark & light storytelling and characters, much like the dark & light, good & evil themes of its immense narrative.
are you fucking kidding? this film is so fucking hot. tom cruise is fucking hot. tom cruise's fucking crotch. tom cruise wears fucking skirts. and tom cruise's fucking crotch. and tom cruise fucking swan dives twice. and tom cruise fucking loves unicorns. tom cruise is a fucking fairy girl angelic elven forest boy. are you fucking kidding? legend is a masterpiece.
For me, Legend is the definition of "guilty pleasure". Rarely will one see a film with this much potential fail to such a degree by the end. Had it continued to develop into a demonic revision of The Beauty and the Beast it could have been a masterpiece, but instead it decides to end as just another recycled adventure fantasy. Even the film's visuals, its most redeeming trait, are dull by the climax.
While failing to establish a strong character drive in its story with Tom Cruise, who looks rather uncomfortable in his role, the set designs, the creatures, and Tim Curry's monstrous performance of Darkness help bring a fairy tale spectacle to life with shimmering and mesmerizing results. Not bad for old-school style of the 80s and captures a fairy tale beautifully as it would look in real life.
The original cut, specifically, is a visual feast - one can gorge on the delicate, sparkling snows and majestic downpours for an hour and a half. Unfortunately, the editing is fragmented and unstable. The story is almost completely indecipherable at points. The director's cut from 2000 is quite a deal better in that regard. Awfully nice to watch, though.