Legend (1985) Movie Review

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Legend (1985)

1985 | PG | Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Legend Plot Synopsis:

A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith.

Legend (1985) Review

Legend (1985) is the story of Tom Cruise (Top Gun (1986), Mission: Impossible (1996), Jerry Maguire (1996), A Few Good Men (1992)) as Jack vs Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Charlie’s Angels (2000), The Hunt for Red October (1990), It (1990)) as The Lord of Darkness, just kidding. Ridley Scott (Blade Runner (1982), Alien (1979), Prometheus (2012)) directed this fantasy adventure romance on an estimated $24.5 million dollar budget which grossed $15.5 million at the box office. That is an amazing group of talent and the special effects, makeup, and soundtrack mesh together to deliver a fantasy world that is a must see for all age groups.

Legend is the story of Jack and Lili (Mia Sara - Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Timecop (1994), Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)) which is a love story set in an adventure fantasy. Tim Curry sets the tone as one scary Satan looking character referred to as "Darkness." The Lord of Darkness wants to cover the world in pitch black darkness akin to the time before the sun came and "healed " the world. Upon this journey into a fantasy realm that tries so hard to give the audience the storybook feel, we see unicorns, goblins, fairies, demons, and other creature from folklore. Darkness orders his goblin minions to capture the two horns from the mythical unicorns who protect the power of light. Jack sees this and starts his journey to restore order and save the world from Darkness.

The first thing that I thought upon watching Legend was, "Look, it’s Tom Cruise running around and jumping like a frog," but that quickly fades away as the story picks up. Jack and Lili become a love interest, but watching it now, feels a little weird sometimes with the acting between the two. That feeling quickly vanishes before many viewers would notice it. The best scene between the two is when Princess Lili throws her ring into the lake declaring that she will marry whoever finds the ring. Jack quickly leaped into the lake to retrieve the ring not noticing the unicorns in harm by the goblins. Only after he returns to the surface does he notice that the world is covered in ice. This is a major turning point from the "Garden of Eden" feel previously felt in this movie. As a fan of The Lord of the Rings movies, I did find myself dozing off a few times in the joining scenes but overall enjoyed the experience. The score by Tangerine Dream was amazing with the "Loved by the Sun" song by Jon Anderson topping everything off. FYI, Disney was originally pitched the film but was timid about the darker tones of the movie creating the perfect opportunity for Universals Pictures to snatch it up.

  • Legend Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.42
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 3.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.2

About Legend 1985

Title: Legend
Year: 1985
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.71/5 stars from 53,161 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 53,161
MPAA Rating: PG
Legend Cast Starring: Robert Picardo, Kiran Shah, Tim Curry, Tom Cruise, Eddie Powell, Alice Playten, Mike Edmonds, Mia Sara, Ian Longmur, Liz Gilbert, Ian Stewart, Michael Crane, Jeff Davies, Sally Dewhurst, Jane Devonshire, Amanda Rose, Sharon Brown, Billy Barty, Nicky Dewhurst, Peter O'Farrell, Debbie Greenwell, Helene Holland, Joey Baxter, Anna Kipling, David Bennent, Samantha Newbury, Cork Hubbert, Belinda Payne, Annabelle Lanyon, Gabriel Piatrowski
Legend Writers: NA
Legend Director: Ridley Scott
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English, Italian
Country: USA, UK