I'll start off this review by saying that I have always loved this movie. It is one of those many films that I grew up with and loved. This is a definite 80's classic and one of my all time favourite cult movies. There is only one downside to this DVD, which is that it is not the version I grew up with. When I got a copy of this, I was surprised and disappointed to find it is not the same as I remembered; some of the scenes were different, most notably the opening scene, when this movie's main antagonist is introduced. But the biggest difference is the soundtrack. At first, I believed that Ridley Scott had done a George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and edited this movie. But a little research across the internet proved my assumption to be quite wrong. Truthfully, there are five different versions, all with different running times. This is among those four that features the soundtrack performed by Jerry Goldsmith. The version I grew up with features the soundtrack performed by Tangerine Dream. Of course, we all have our own opinions and persona preferences, but I much prefer the version I grew up with. I suppose nostalgia plays some contribution to my personal opinion, but I also personally feel that Tangerine Dream's soundtrack blends in more well than Jerry Goldsmith's. Whereas Jerry Goldsmith's score gives the film a magical, fairytale feel, Tangerine Dream's gives the film a magical, fantasy feel, as well more depth. I just feel it works a lot more well than Jerry Goldsmith's. To me, Legend is not complete without the classic song, "Loved by the Sun", played during the final scene. But again, that's my personal opinion. Hopefully they'll somehow release the Tangerine Dream version on DVD, here in the UK? Aside from that disappointment, I consider this to be a great film. Here's the plot.
Darkness (played by Tim Curry) resides in his dark lair and plans to shroud the world in eternal darkness, so he can roam the lands freely. In order to do that, the two unicorns must be slaughtered and their horns delivered to him. It's not clear what he is exactly.
As a child, I assumed he was the devil, really because his appearance is the common depiction of the prince of darkness. Now, I'm not too sure what he is. Is he the devil's son or just A devil?
Anyway, Darkness sends his goblin servant, Blix (played by Alice Playten), out on a quest to deliver to him, the horns of the unicorns, as well as to destroy them. I won't say TOO much of the plot, but Blix injures one of the unicorns and takes its horn and it's this time when the world is shrouded in ice and darkness. A princess named Lili (played by Mia Sara) had unknowingly led the goblins (Blix had two companions) to the unicorns, when her lover, Jack (played by Tom Cruise), a young man who lives in the magical forest, took Lili to see the unicorns as a romantic treat.
Jack and Lili are separated after this and Lili learns of the goblins and their actions. Unfortunately, she is captured by them, along with the unicorns. Jack, in the meantime, whilst searching for Lili, meets a forest elf named Honeythorn Gump (played by David Bennent, but voiced by Alice Playten) and his companions, Brown Tom, Screwball and the fairy, Oona. Together, they embark on a quest to rescue Lili and the unicorns, defeat Darkness and retrieve the unicorn horn and restore the world to its former state.
There are several positive things I have to say about this movie. Ridley Scott did an excellent job in capturing the magic in my opinion, and to me, fantasy films featuring mythical creatures, such as elves, goblins, etc, require that magic. The characters were great and the appearance of some really captured that magic, such as Gump's appearance. Other examples include the usage of glitter over some of the mythical characters. The settings really captured that magic too, such as the forest, that features a usage of fairy dust in the air. Even Darkness' fortress captured it too, what with the floor shrouded in thick mist. Of course, this takes it down to a far lower level.
The characters were great, such as the antagonists - Darkness, Blix and Meg Mucklebones, primarily - as well as the protagonists. Then there is the story. This truly is a fantastic fantasy film, but again, I'm just disappointed that this doesn't feature the Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Again, I hope they do release that film some day.