In my humble opinion: Ridley Scott seems to be on a nostalgia kick as of late; the Alien prequel Prometheus and the rumors that he is planning either a prequel or sequel to Blade Runner. I would like to request that Mr. Scott also take a look at another one of his films (one of my favorite…but more on that in a minute). The movie Legend was not one of his more successful films by any means, but over the years has developed a cult following and warrants some updating.
If you haven’t seen it, the plot follows a young forest dweller named Jack (played by a Peter Pan dressed Tom Cruise) who is madly in love with a beautiful girl named Lilly (played by Mia Sara). One day, in order to impress Lilly, Jack takes her to see the majestic Unicorns (which are the guardians of light). Unfortunately, Lilly can’t help but approach and touch one of the Unicorns…a big no no. This is all happening while the Lord of Darkness (masterfully played by Tim Curry) is plotting to kill the unicorns which would result in the land being cast into eternal darkness….adventure ensues.
I won’t give away the ending to those that haven’t seen it…The movie itself was, I will admit, a little corny (I still don’t understand the random bubbles in the forest) but still had entertainment value. As I said earlier it’s one of my favorite movies for reasons I can’t really explain (believe me I get shit all the time for it too) Ridley Scott relied more on make-up and actual set design than special effects in order to move the story forward which is something that’s rarely seen nowadays. The plot was simple yet compelling; good vs. evil, light vs. dark, love vs. hate. Personally, if Ridley Scott is re-visiting his old stomping ground…he needs to mosey on over and remake Legend. Casting should be as follows:
Josh Hutcherson = Jack
Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) = Lilly
Michael Sheen = Lord of Darkness