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'LEGENDARY': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
John Cena stars in his first family friendly dramatic film, which is also a first for the studio behind the film (WWE Films). WWE Films has produced all of Cena's films ( 'THE MARINE', '12 ROUNDS' and now this) and I'm sure their involvement in the film was the reason for Cena's casting. WWE and Cena's interest in the film is a little odd considering it feels like a 'Hallmark Hall Of Fame' TV movie. It's directed by Mel Damski, a veteran TV director, and written by John Posey, a veteran TV actor (who also plays Coach Tennent in the film). So the movie has a strong TV movie feel to it and a 'feel good' uplifting family one at that. Despite this it was released in theaters (in a limited run) for 18 days before taking the video rout. It would have had a much more fitting home as a Sunday night movie on CBS or Lifetime (which it still might I'm sure).
The film revolves around a nerdy high-school student named Cal Chetley (played by Devon Graye) who one day decides to join his school's wrestling team. His father and brother Mike (Cena) were both wrestling legends but his mother Sharon (played impressively by Patricia Clarkson) is dead set against him following in their footsteps. Their family was torn apart ten years earlier when Cal's dad died in an automobile accident and for some reason Sharon blames wrestling for their problems. Cal tracks down his unemployed alcoholic brother and asks him to train him. At first Mike is reluctant to help his brother, who he barely knows, but after Cal shows up at a hearing (for the sentencing of a bar brawl Mike was involved in) and defends him Mike feels obligated to return the favor. So the two train together in secrecy behind their mother's back. This of course leads to dramatic complications.
The movie feels a lot like watered down generic TV crap but it does have a heart and is inspirational in a way. Cena is adequate in his role as well as Graye. Clarkson shines like always and gives a performance far better than the film deserves. Danny Glover has a nice supporting turn as well. The writing and directing is decent by TV movie standards but for a theatrically released, as well as high profile video run, it doesn't measure up. Cena could be a decent action star if he sets his standards higher, he's such a huge wrestling star it shouldn't be too hard for him to get some decent roles (I heard he has interest in doing 'THE EXPENDABLES 2' but many think he hasn't earned it yet). With that said doing this family film isn't nearly as atrocious as the ones The Rock has done (he also got his film career jump started through WWE Films as well with 'THE RUNDOWN' and 'WALKING TALL'). The movie as a whole would be worth checking out on TV with your family.
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I mean, you got drama with a hint of mystery; you got sport emotions
and suspense, you got genuine character development (fair play for
young actors here), way above decent cast and that feel-good touch
after leaving the theater
but that's just my personal take, as an
active combat sports contester I must say that this side of the movie
gives you pretty good inside on how it looks like through the eyes of
an athlete. It's not another "bullied kid finds his master and kicks
ass" movie, it is way beyond that, best to see it for yourself, you can
easily take your gf with you and she will love it as well.
To wrap it all up great movie, great cast, great feeling after why would you give that a miss?
Legendary is a very inspirational movie to watch. The storyline is simple to follow but is still very intriguing to the audience. Cal fits perfectly into his role as the underdog wrestler and John Cena plays the older brother (Mike) very effectively. This movie has a wide range in audience whether it is a family watching it in the living room or a group of friends hanging out and watching. Legendary does a good job of adding slight twists to keep the audience in suspense but does not get carried away like some underdog movies have. Everyone enjoys a feel-good movie and this is just it. Legendary is one movie that will not disappoint.
I only just saw this today and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. Cena is good and doesn't over play his part or look out of place with some very fine actors in support. The film has a good story and is well, acted I'm just afraid that many people will be put off by the wwe connection but shouldn't be. This a great film for anyone with or without an interest in wwe but if you do have an interest i recommend you buy the special edition 2 disc set as it has some great moments of wrestling history on it. Nice to see WWE films branching out and finely a credible role for the ever more versatile Cena who i see having a great future in films.
By far the best film that features the sport of high school wrestling
since the film "Vision Quest".
I cannot stand the "Pro Wresting" shows/films because I think that they do damage to the public view of what the amateur forms of high school wrestling and Olympic styles of wrestling are in real life.
That being said, this is a fine film that shows some aspects of high school wrestling with a fairly good story plot about a teenager facing family life struggles combined with the drive to compete in sports.
John Cena does a decent performance but the film is centered on a teen, high school age young man played by Devon Graye who gives a pretty darn good performance. A good supporting cast too!
A good film for "tweens" and older. Highly recommended for families that play sports.
Legendary is a nice decent family film that has some violence a little bit of swearing and no nudity. There is a bit of violence but nothing too disturbing. Cal Chetley is a lost soul his family splintered apart ten years ago after the death of their father a Legendary Wrestling Champion. His older Brother Mike is also a legendary Wrestling Champion but Mike disappeared years ago and Cl is looking for something to understand his family so he enters the world of High school wrestling. It's a world in which his brother and his father were made for and their legends loom large. Cal wasn't made for wrestling so he seeks out his brother and slowly draws him back into his family's life by convincing him to train him in how to wrestle. Cal learns how to wrestle and Mike learns how to forgive himself for mistakes made years ago. John Cena may never hear the words and the Oscar goes to John Cena but he is learning and Legendary is undoubtedly his best work yet. If John Cena is looking to rival the Rock in making good movies and good family entertainment as well as Action films. Then I say the Rock has a New rival in the world of film making and that is John Cena. The Film is a bit cliché and a bit original and never boring or dull. It's worth watching on a cold winter's night or a rainy afternoon with the family.
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was a movie that sometimes you new what would happen next but thats what will make you want to continue to watch the film. The plot was easy to understand and I was able to make a connection which made the movie even better to watch. You do not have to a fan of wrestling to enjoy this movie. It definitely will make you think how well you and your family gets along. This movie really had an impact on my life. This movie is great to show to anyone who needs something to show that anything is possible. This movie does not just consist of drama but it can also be viewed as an action film and also a comedy. I would say the negative review about this movie are totally wrong. In this movie you will find yourself rooting for the underdog.
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Patricia Clarkson is a greatly under-rated actress who gives a very
good performance as a conflicted mother, who blamed her oldest son for
the death of her husband. The son has abandoned her and his much
The brother takes up wrestling, the apparent family sport, in an attempt to bring everyone together. The older brother, at 28, has been in trouble with the law, and it's the younger one who makes an appealing plea to the judge.
The film is a good one as there is quite a bit of irony here. Wrestling led to the death of the father, and yet it brings the family back together. Naturally, there are the bullies who harass the younger son, but that's all taken care of once the older brother enters the pictures and trains the brother to be quite a wrestler for himself.
Danny Glover portrays a mysterious fisherman whose true identity is revealed at the end of the story. Madeleine Martin, as Chet's girlfriend, is miscast. That voice on her was not good, and therefore when she spoke, it sounded as if she were screeching.
Great movie, great cast. Educational, action and it feels real. Nice end, it's not always about winning. As for Italian opera-the one he was listening is a religious song named "Panis Angelicus" from a french composer named CésarFranck and it's in Latin. No one knows that from the production team that this is a religious song and not from an opera? And when is opera classified as 'not tough enough' music? But to really know the difference, you need to listen to one. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie, the main character played by Devon Graye is real, the mother played by Patricia Clarkson is excellent, the big brother played by John Cena it's not a great actor, but it fits with the role perfectly (good job Mel Damsky)
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How many young men, or adult men of today can relate to having their father not in their lives for one reason or another? This touching and inspiring movie will be one you can relate to. John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover, and Devon Graye do such a good job in this movie that is almost beyond words. I am not a big fan of sports movies, but this movie so touched me after one viewing that it instantly made it to my top 10 list. If ya need a little tear jerker that will inspire, provoke thought, and bring out a little emotion in you, this movie should do it. Without spoiling it for you, I will say that the ending is surprising and oh so touching. A must see for every parent and their kids.
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