Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Legend (1985/86) (2nd time)

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. [imdb]

Nominated for 1 Oscar:

Best Makeup

Truth be told: this film sucks. How can a director like Ridley Scott miss the mark on this? He wanted it to look artistic and charming and just like a fairytale. But it’s a boring movie with a decent technical part. The worst things about it: the screenplay & Tom Cruise.

I get it: it’s fantasy, but that’s no excuse for bad storytelling and poor writing decisions. I hate the screenplay and especially the convenient ending. Tom Cruise was young, had no idea how to act or that you need good teeth to be a leading man. The one reason this film needs to be watched is Tim Curry! The man is an underused, underrated genius!!! Helloooo, where’s his Oscar nomination?! His demonic performance is so iconic and dead on and the voice work: just brilliant. He’s a scary devil and that’s also due to the excellent Oscar-nominated makeup (it lost to The Fly, which sadly seems fair).

My rating for the film: 5/10. A 10 for Tim Curry, a 2 for the film without him; no math intended. But I can see how the LOTR people might have been a bit inspired by this, at least in the makeup department.

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