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Fiancé forced me to watch this movie. Okay, okay "forced" is not the right word. I do like movies like this and I adore Tom Hardy...so it was a win-win. Just a long movie and I'm becoming an old lady ;)
The story follows twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray during the 1960s. They are building their gang and power in London. Reginald is suave and charming but volatile, while his brother Ronald is unstable and a wild card.
I went into this film not really knowing anything about the Krays and their gang. I had heard the name in passing but I didn't know anything. So once the film was done I did some research just to see how accurate the film was (naturally). Not too shabby. They def Hollywood-ed it up a bit and left out some stuff. There are so many rumors and complexities that would've beefed up the film, but I think they tried to make it simplistic and show only really what Frances knew since she was the one narrating the film in a sense. It made sense, but I feel like there were some rumors they could've addressed.
The cast was great. I adore Tom Hardy so I am biased...of course. However, he played the twins so well that you would swear it was two different people. I certainly did!! I will say I didn't really buy the chemistry and love/lust between Reggie and Frances. They did well with the hate parts, but there was no spark there for me. Maybe it was done on purpose? IDK.
I liked the fact that Frances was the narrator and mainly shown through her limited POV. She drops a lot of foreshadowing which made me itch to want to google (I tried my damnedest, but I did spoil myself on one thing).
Overall, I enjoyed the film. The cast did excellent minus the lack of a spark between the two. I liked the narration and how the showcased the story of these two crazy Kray brothers. In the end, I'll give this 4 stars.