Legend

B

(out of 5)


looks perpetually embarrassed to be appearing in this terrible fantasy, the last film he released before Top Gun made him a superstar. He plays an elven forest boy who must make a journey towards the lair of the Lord of Darkness ( made up to look like Fantasia‘s Walpurgis Night demon) and destroy him before he enacts his plans to take over the world. The Lord of Darkness intends to kill the last unicorn and rid the world of daylight, plunging the land into eternal night and letting evil take over. Cruise must also save the beautiful Princess Lily () from the bad guy’s clutches. Awkwardly edited, the film features the usual plush surroundings you’d expect from a Ridley Scott film: beautiful art direction, costume design and lovely cinematography, but the story leaves a lot to be desired and the cheesy musical score by Tangerine Dream sounds terrible. A recent director’s cut of the film also features the original score by Jerry Goldsmith (nixed in favour of the popular eighties band), and it’s probably an improvement (I haven’t seen it), but I wouldn’t expect too much. With some movies, you really can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, even if the director’s cut of The Abyss proves otherwise.


United Kingdom/USA, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Venice 1985


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Makeup (Rob Bottin, Peter Robb-King)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Costume Design
Best Special Visual Effects
Best Make Up Artist


Legend

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