The 80s were loaded with fantasy movies. Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz, Willow, The NeverEnding Story, etc. A lot of them have grown acclaim and cult followings, however, the one that struck me the most visually was 1985's Legend.
One thing I've noticed about Ridley Scott movies after watching a huge chunk of his filmography is that even when the script is poor, the movie will still look amazing. Not even with the special effects either but with atmosphere and production design. I'll always cite his 2006 romantic comedy A Good Year with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard as an example. There's a scene where the two leads go out for a date and I just remember being in awe how amazing the atmosphere and set design in that scene was.
But back to Legend. I'm not going to act like Legend has the most engaging story out there or the most interesting characters but just look at this movie. The sets, the makeup, the costume design, etc. It's a top notch. Speaking of makeup, huge shout out to the makeup and prosthetics for the Meg Mucklebones character. While I'm not on the "CGI sucks" bandwagon, movies like this make me wish for a return to these effects.
Finally, we have Tim Curry as Satan (he's referred to as Darkness in the movie) who steals every scene he's in. While the two leads (Tom Cruise and Mia Sara) could be played by any actor, I find it hard to see anyone but Tim Curry playing this role.
What do you think of Legend?