RuPaul closes the end of his self confident anthem “Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous” with a seductive “legendary!” This Media Monday a film hopes to recreate legends.
I have to say I haven't heard of either of these people. Legend is a distinctly British film. It centers on two twin brothers, Reggie and Ronald Kray. Two notorious gangsters in the East End of London for the better part of the fifties and sixties.
American's would be more familiar with Bugsy Siegel or Al Capone. They were our gangsters back when they were front page news. The British had Reggie and Ronald Kray. The screen adaptation of their real life story is going to be released on November 20th in the United States.
The movie is based off the John Pearson novel Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins. He also wrote a fictional biography of James Bond's life as well as chronicling Ian Flemming's life. According to a plot summary of the film. It focuses primarily on Reggie Kray trying to control the psychotic tendencies of his brother Ronald.
Spoiler alert. Ronald was admitted to Broadmoor Hospital in 1979. So, Reggie didn't quite succeed. Especially after they were both imprisoned in 1969 on multiple charges. The movie also portrays Ronald as openly homosexual, so if you've been needing a gay icon. Have I got one for you.
Now. You are probably wondering how did I hear about this movie. You may recall my Throwback Thursday article “Endlessly Waiting” on Welsh singer Duffy (read here). The bitch is back.
Kind of. She's in Legend. Supposedly. Her role is that of American singer Timi Yuro. Decidedly, it's not a major role, but it should be one she can put her feet into. Duffy has been attempting acting roles. Notably in Patogonia.
Seeing Duffy on screen is legendary. However, that's not what has me excited. She contributed to tracks to the soundtrack. She has two songs on the soundtrack. One of which is an original recording that reminds us why we need Duffy back.
The highlight of these two tracks is certainly “Whole Lot of Love”. It's bold, brassy. Signature Duffy. A track with right promotion that could easily impact British radio. It doesn't appear that they have those kind of ambitions for this soundtrack. The equally entertaining if not as ecstatic “Are You Sure” requires a few more spins in order to really catch on.