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Thursday, April 09, 2015

The week of movies: day 4



Today's movie was Legend ...

a 1985 British-American fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Cork Hubbert, and Annabelle Lanyon. It is a darker fairy tale and has been described as a return to more original, sometimes disturbing, fables, from the oral tradition of ancient times before reading and writing were widespread. Although not a commercial success when first released, it won the British Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in 1985 for cinematographer Alex Thomson, as well as being nominated for multiple awards ...

I saw this on tv long ago and thought to try it again. I remembered it being beautiful looking, and it still was ...



But the story was very simple and had a philosophy I don't agree with (there must be a balance between extremes ... I like the idea of all good stuff instead :). Roger Ebert gave it 2 out of 4 stars in his review, which begins like this ...

Recent movies have created sort of a generic fantasy universe of Muppets and swamps, strange beasts and evil tyrants, damsels and heroic lads, and ancient prophecies and mythical legends. It's a world inspired by ingredients from "Lord of the Rings," the "Star Wars" movies, Dungeons and Dragons gamesmanship, tales of King Arthur and the latest gimmicks from the special-effects people. In a movie that works, these ingredients can be exciting and delightful. "Legend" does not work ...

But having said that, there were faeries! :) ....


2 Comments:

Blogger KTamas said...

a bit OT, but I watched Contact based on your recommendation and it was kind of great, even though the 90s cheese is a bit too much sometimes. Thanks for these posts, I gotta check out this movie too.

11:33 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Glad you liked Contact :)

12:57 AM  

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