Plot- The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.
It’s all right.
I mean it’s not like this film stars one of the most in demand actors in the planet (and probably the next 007), playing 2 roles to an extent that I was wondering if he would be nominated for Best Actor, Best Supporting or Both.
Its not like the legend of the Krays still inspires love, hate and fear in different parts of London.
Come on, it’s not like the director/writer has been responsible for films like… oh… I don’t know L.A. Confidential or Mystic River.
Hell, it’s not like the Krays were even at one point able to threaten to blackmail HM Government at one point!
Why would you possibly expect this film to be amazing!!!
All of the characters are stereotypes. Emily Brownings character is a girl who wants a good life but winds up married to a gangster and you can guess her ark. Ron Kray (portrayed by Tom Hardy with a pair of glasses and a bad cold) is so over the top if he started muttering about virgins and railway lines or went off to fight mid-80’s Arnie I wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow.
Reggie Kray (Tom Hardy with gelled hair and a cigarette) gets the most screen-time but he’s gut a gangster who wants to be a gangster and keeps passing up chances for redemption as his love for his brother forces him into an inevitable fate. Even Chris Eccleston for the 3 seconds he’s on film, is a cliche copper.
This film is based on a true story but I get the feeling that certain elements have been changed to fit a 2 hour film, which is a shame as that means that the pacing is really, really off. There are so many scenes set at Christmas that I was half expecting 3 ghosts to turn up and attempt to show them the error of their ways before promptly having the stuffing kicked out of them.
There is violence, and it is brutal but it’s very rare in the film and usually shot to neither make heroes or demons of the Krays. And period London looks and sounds amazing. But it’s all just wrapping around a cliche story full of cliche characters.
It’s nothing you haven’t seen before. Strip away the ‘based on a true story’ stuff and I bet a lot of film critics wouldn’t have been so kind to it.
My Score- If Nothing Else
Before I sign off, take a closer look at that poster at the top of the page, looks pretty standard right? Actor(s?) multiple reviews, all of them giving four stars right….? Nope.
Look again at the one between them. The one by The Guardian. The 2 star one. That’s in the middle of the poster.
It’s cleverer than anything in the film that’s for sure.