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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good people must take up weapons and become similar to the evil beings they hope to vanquish.
Positive Role Models
Peaceful Jack faces his fears and takes up arms to save the last unicorn and his love interest.
Violence & Scariness
A monster loses his head, but there's no blood. A sprite is hit with an arrow to the brain but survives. A shadowy goblin hacks at a supine victim's stomach repeatedly. A huge repellant-looking goblin threatens to eat Jack. Brain-eating is mentioned, and one villain wants to drink a unicorn's blood. The pig goblin puts victims in a large cooking pot but doesn't eat them. One character prepares to cut a unicorn's head off but doesn't.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing. The Lord of Darkness talks of his desire for Princess Lily. Young actors playing sprites are scantily clad.
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"Hell," "dammit," and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Legend is a dark fantasy full of menacing and sometimes violent imagery that may terrify younger children. Actors in scary makeup and costumes play goblins representing a devil-like Lord of Darkness, who seeks to eradicate good and bring back a permanent winter of evil throughout the world. A unicorn -- the symbol of goodness -- is violently killed. Humans and sprites are attacked; one is hit in the head with an arrow. Some are carted off to be eaten. Brain-eating is mentioned, and one villain wants to drink a unicorn's blood. Expect some wine drinking. The words "s--t," "dammit," and "hell" are used. The Lord of Darkness talks of his desire for Princess Lily. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This dreadful dark fantasy has become a "cult classic," but one can't help but wonder why. The 1986 director's cut is rated NR and is 54 minutes longer than the earlier PG release. The real trouble is that costumes, makeup, and art direction far surpass plot in quality and comprehensibility. The Tolkien and Harry Potter fantasies, which also feature frightening confrontations between good and evil, at least exemplify good storytelling, the key component missing from this venture. The dialogue often verges laughably on dumb: "Me and you, and all is barbecue," a sprite says, assessing the probability of being eaten by goblins. And, "What a fine fat boy you are," says a goblin to Jack, who replies, "You don't really mean to eat me, do you?" Cruise signals his unicorn-attracting innocence by playing the role with his mouth permanently ajar in awe, but, really, what more could he do with such a role? You can't miss his gaping because director Ridley Scott dwells continually on Cruise's parted lips in disturbing and fetishistic close-ups of the beautiful young actor's face.
Be aware that kids who find The Wizard of Oz the least bit nerve-wracking may run screaming from the room when one wriggling captured sprite is hauled off by a hulking goblin to be baked into a pie. This is one nightmare-inducing movie for sensitive kids.
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