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Ridley Scott directed this visually striking but narratively bland sword and sorcery saga that mixes ample doses of J.R.R. Tolkien, Thomas Mallory, George Lucas, Joseph Campbell and Dungeons and Dragons into a watered down kettle pot. Many years ago, the Earth was an idyllic land of unicorns and bright sunshine. But the forces of light become embroiled are in mortal battle with the forces of darkness --specifically the evil Prince of Darkness (Tim Curry), who lives in dark caverns below the Earth's surface and has nefarious plans to blot out the light of the sun and rule in a perpetual dark shroud of gloom and shadows forever. Into the breach comes peasant hero Jack (Tom Cruise), who sets up to defeat Darkness and let the sun shine through. He meets a young woman named Lili (Mia Sara) and they fall in love. But Lili is lured into the netherworld by a sultry priestess and has become evil herself. Jack sets his sights on the forces of evil and determines to defeat Darkness and save Lili. … More
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Critic Reviews for Legend
All of the special effects in the world, and all of the great makeup, and all of the great Muppet creatures can't save a movie that has no clear idea of its own mission and no joy in its own accomplishment.
A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles.
Thatcher. Reagan. Flock of Seagulls. These weren't the only evil things from the 1980s. There were also Hollywood fantasy movies such as this one . . .
The cool costumes and set designs almost make it worthwhile, so long as the sound's turned down and you don't have to hear the witless dialogue
"glorious visuals -- shame about the script"
Perhaps ahead of its time, certainly too ambitious for its budget and its era, Legend is nevertheless a fascinating film
Could have been a genre classic if it had benefited from a meatier screenplay and a studio that didn't butcher the final product.
Ridley Scott's exclusive-to-DVD re-edit of Legend, no pun intended, is fantastic.
The movie is enchanting and has moments of magic, but it's an utter train wreck, overwhelmed by cheesy special effects, dialogue writ insanely large, and a kind of goofy plot.
Audience Reviews for Legend
Legend looks stunning, it's so dreamy looking, it's the ultimate visualisation of a fairy-tale. It has everything that a good fairy-tale should have too, the story is sound, it has some interesting characters and a brilliant villain. It's just that it seems to have got forgotten among the Princes Bride, Willow, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Time Bandits and all the other fantasy films out at that time. It's a shame but as much as I liked it, those other films do have that certain something that Legend didn't.More
Growing up, "Legend" was one of my absolute favorite movies. The story, the images, and especially the amazing makeup job of Darkness just did for me what few films did. It's the story of good versus evil in a fairy tale setting. Darkness(Tim Curry) uses a Princess named Lili to lead him to and help weaken two unicorns. Once the unicorns are dead, he can plunge the world into a never ending ice age. However, Jack(Tom Cruise) teams up with elves and fairies to rescue Lili and destroy Darkness forever. May think a movie with fairies is gay, well screw you, this movie is freaking awesome. It holds up amazingly well, especially in high definition. Looks like it was made this year(well some of the scenes are dated, but overall it looks amazing). Darkness is probably the absolute coolest looking villain in movie history. As a kid he was absolutely terrifying to watch. Ridley Scott wrote and directed this and he did an amazing job, and proves again he is one of the best directors ever. If you want to introduce your kids to a great fantasy movie, then I would say start with this. I cannot wait to share this with my son as he gets older.More
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Having said that, you'd possibly expect more than what you get here. However, good special effects and various creature creations always gathers my interest. We don't really get that anymore, so this is an example of something you look back on and think hey, this is kind of cool.
Ridley Scott's 1980s fantasy epic brings a lot of cheese and kitsch into the genre, which is also the aspect of the film that didn't age that well. The make-up effects and production design hold up really well after all those years, you gotta admit that the magic forest as it is shown here has more atmosphere and depth than in most fantasy films of the 90s. The movie's biggest asset, apart from seeing Tom Cruise taking his first big screen steps, is Tim Curry in his mask as the lord of Darkness. He gets more acting across with his eyes and evil laughter than other actors throughout their whole career. If only he had more screen time and there was less cheese and random weirdness, this would be a highlight of the genre. As it is, it still works as a guilty pleasure for a cold winter afternoon.More
- You don't really plan on eating me, do you?
- Meg Mucklebones:
- Oh, indeed I do! Haha!
- What is light without dark? What are you without me? I am a part of you all. You can never defeat me. We are brothers eternal!
- Oh, Mother Night! Fold your dark arms about me. Protect me in your black embrace. I sit alone, an impotent exile, whilst this form, this presence, returns to torment me!
- She was so sweet I could eat her brains like jam.
- I could suck her bones!
- As long as they roam the earth, evil can never harm the pure of heart.
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