- 1 hr 47 min
Legendary is a dramatic sports movie about two brothers who share a passion for wrestling but have vastly different personalities. Directed by Mel Damski, the movie features John Cena as the main character, Cal Chetley, a high school wrestler who is trying to honor his brother by winning a championship. The movie starts with the news of the death of Cal's brother, Mike Chetley, who was a college wrestler and a legend in Oklahoma. This unexpected loss shakes Cal, his mother Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), and his uncle Red (Danny Glover) to their core. Cal decides to follow in his brother's footsteps and join the wrestling team to keep his brother's memory alive.
However, Cal is not like his brother Mike. Mike was popular and loved by everyone, while Cal is an introverted and reserved teenager who doesn't like to draw attention to himself. Despite his lack of confidence, Cal is determined to become a champion in honor of his brother.
Cal joins his high school wrestling team, where he meets Luli (Madeleine Martin), a girl who is also a talented wrestler. Luli is initially mistrustful of Cal, but the two soon bond over their shared love of wrestling. Cal also finds an unlikely coach in Red, an old man who used to be a wrestler but now runs a wrestling gym.
As Cal trains for the championship, he grapples with his fears and doubts. He feels like he can never live up to his brother's legacy, and he struggles with being in the spotlight. His mother Sharon also has a hard time coping with her son's death, and she often takes out her grief on Cal.
Legendary is not just a sports movie; it also deals with themes of grief, family, and redemption. The relationship between Cal, Sharon, and Red is central to the movie, and the performances by John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, and Danny Glover are all excellent.
The wrestling scenes are also well done, and John Cena brings his signature physicality to the role of Cal. The movie does a good job of showing the athleticism and strategy involved in wrestling, and it's clear that the filmmakers did their research to create realistic and compelling matches.
One of the standout scenes in the movie is a match between Cal and a rival wrestler named Hammerstone (Tyler Posey). The two are evenly matched, and the tension in the scene is palpable. The movie also does a good job of showing the camaraderie that exists between wrestlers, even when they are competing against each other.
Overall, Legendary is a heartfelt and inspiring movie that will appeal to wrestling fans and anyone who has ever struggled to live up to expectations. John Cena gives a nuanced and emotional performance as Cal, and the supporting cast is also excellent. The movie is not without flaws - some of the dialogue is a bit stilted, and the pacing can be slow at times - but it's still a worthwhile watch for anyone who loves sports movies with heart.
Legendary is a 2010 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 39.