Legend / Gangsteri de legenda

Saptamana aceasta am fost cu prietenele mele la un film si chiar daca ne-am uitat pe program de nu stiu cate ori si ne-am tot razgandit, pana la urma tot “Legend” / “Gangsteri de legenda” am vizionat. Am intrat in sala asteptandu-ma la un film destul de bun, avand in vedere ca rolurile principale sunt interpretate de Tom Hardy, iar filmul a fost produs de doua case de productie care fac filme bune: StudioCanal si Working Title (initial companie independenta, iar in prezent subsidiara a concernului Universal Studios), si in scurt timp am fost atrasa in atmosfera filmului.

Este un film despre Reggie si Ron Kray, doi frati gemeni puternic legati afectiv unul de celalalt, insa aceasta legatura va ajunge sa creeze probleme amandorura, dar in sensuri diferite. Reggie era cel care stia cel mai bine cum sa aiba grija de “afacerea” lor, care era legata de lumea interlopa. Desi era foarte bogat si toata lumea stia cine era, se comporta firesc, era uman, nu era violent doar de dragul de a fi violent, dar putea fi un dusman groaznic cu cei care greseau fata de el. Ronald era cu totul altfel. Suferind de schizofrenie paranoida, nu judeca rational, era extrem de suspicios si actiona bazat doar pe dorinta de moment. Astfel, ajunge sa comita o crima odioasa, in urma careia a fost inchis. Dar Reggie a aranjat totul, astfel incat Ronald sa nu fie declarat nebun si nici sa nu ramana in inchisoare.

In acelasi timp, Reggie se indragosteste de sora soferului sau, ea devenind cea mai importanta persoana din viata lui. Boala lui Ronald evolueaza, creand din ce in ce mai multe probleme, pe care nici macar Reggie nu le mai poate rezolva, in conditiile in care politistii sunt din ce in ce mai aproape de el, iar sotia lui se indeparteaza din ce in ce mai mult, lasandu-l pe el prins la mijloc, intre neputinta de a-si domoli fratele si dorinta disperata de a-si pastra sotia.

Vizionand acest film am trecut prin mai multe stari, de la dispret si chiar putin dezgust fata de actele si stilul lui Ronald, pana la compasiune pentru suferintele indurate de Reggie si m-a uimit felul in care momente comice alternau cu momentele de drama si actiune. Pot spune ca cel mai mult m-a uimit jocul lui Tom Hardy, care i-a interpretat pe ambii frati. Nu ma asteptam ca el sa fie un actor atat de bun, incat sa vad disperarea din ochii lui Reggie si nebunia din ochii lui Ronald. Stiam ca Tom Hardy e un actor bun, dar nu ma asteptam sa fie atat de bun.

Este un film facut dupa o poveste reala. La final, descoperim si un amanunt ce mie mi-a adus lacrimi in ochi, dar nu va spun ce a fost, ci va voi lasa sa descoperiti singuri.

“Gangsteri de legenda” ruleaza in cinematografe, dar daca planuiti sa il vedeti, aveti in vedere ca filmul este destul de lung, dureaza 131 de minute. In orice caz, parerea mea este ca merita din plin fiecare minut petrecut in sala de cinematograf.

This past week I went with my friends to the cinema and even though we looked over the schedule a thousand times and we kept changing our minds, in the end we decided to watch “Legend”. I walked in the cinema expecting a pretty good film, considering the cast and the two good film producing companies: StudioCanal and Working Title (initially an independent company, presently a subsidiary of Universal Studios) and within minutes I was drawn in the atmosphere of the film.

It is a film about Reggie and Ron Kray, twin brothers who share a strong and affectionate bond that will end up creating problems for both of them, but in different ways. Reggie was the one who knew best how to take care of their “business” which was connected to the criminal world. Thought rich and known by everybody exactly for who he was, Reggie was humane, not violent only for the sake of violence, but he could be a most terrible enemy as well for those who disobeyed him. Ronald was completely different. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, doesn’t think rationally, is extremely suspicious and takes action entirely based on the spare of the moment. Thus, he ends up committing a most terrible murder thanks to which he is locked up. But Reggie takes care of everything, so that Ronald won’t be declared insane, nor be kept behind bars.

At the same time, Reggie falls in love with his driver’s sister, who will become the most important person in his life. Ronald disease evolves, creating more and more problems which cannot be resolved even by Reggie, while the policemen are getting closer to him and his wife is getting further away from him. This is how Reggie becomes caught between the desire to make his brother takes it easy and the despair with which he tries to keep his wife.

Watching this film I have gone through different feelings, from despise and even a little disgust in regard to Ronald’s deeds, to compassion for the suffering endured by Reggie and I was amazed by the way funny moments were combined with moments of drama and actions. I can honestly say that I was most surprised by Tom Hardy’s acting, who played both brothers. I didn’t expect him to be such a good actor that I would see the despair in Reggie’s eyes and the madness in Ronald’s. I knew Tom Hardy is a good actor, but I didn’t expect him to be such a good one.

This is a film inspired by a true story. At the end, we discover a small details that brought tears to my eyes, but I won’t tell you what it was, I will let you find out for yourselves.

“Legend” can be seen in cinemas, however if you plan to watch it, you must keep in mind that it is a pretty long film, lasting 131 minutes. Either way, I think it is well worth watching every minute of it.

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