This movie snuck up on me, like almost completely. I happened to go on Netflix the day before it premiered and saw that it a thing. I don’t understand how a movie with the amount of star power that The Harder They Fall has in it can come out with almost no major coverage. It could be because of it being a western, but I’m sure there are reasons. This is one of the best westerns that has come out in sometime, though I feel like it might be one of the few westerns to come out in at least a decade.
The Harder They Fall was directed by Jeymes Samuel. It was written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin with story by Samuel as well. This was my introduction to Jeymes Samuel as well as his feature directorial debut. He has an amazing sense of motion and action. Even though I didn’t recognize his name I had seen the work of Boaz Yakin before. They worked together to tell a story that has a lot of heart as well as a western that’s wholly original.
The Harder They Fall stars Jonathon Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, RJ Clyer, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, and Deon Cole. The whole cast knocks it out of the park. There isn’t just one actor that outshines anyone else for an extended period that they shouldn’t, everyone gets moments. Jonathon Majors continues to knock everything he’s in out of the park, no matter how big or small the role.
The plot of The Harder They Fall is basically the tale of two different gangs as they clash. One is the Nat Love gang, fronted by Nat Love with Jim Beckwourth and Bill Pickett as steady members. The other is the Rufus Buck gang, fronted by Rufus Buck backed by Trudy Smith and Cherokee Bill. The Nat Love gang is backed by Stagecoach Mary, Cuffee, and Bass Reeves. Everything the two gangs do lead them towards a bloody conclusion.
The stunt team did an amazing job with everything they had to do in the movie. The end gun fight is the best one I’ve seen since Open Range, which is a standout of western gunfights. Jeymes Samuel also did the music for the movie. The score if one of the most interesting things, because it has such an interesting mix of music that offers an interesting contrast at certain points while also going along well with what’s going on in the movie. The design in the entire movie, set and costume, are amazing.
The Harder They Fall is a great movie. The one bad thing I have to say about the movie is the length, it might be too much of a good thing. It isn’t overly long, but there are certain part where you really feel it. You can watch it on Netflix. I give The Harder They Fall 8 lucky coins out of 10.