When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western.When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western.When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western.
Couple of comments: this is the feature-length debut of British musician Jaymes Samuel (brother of singer Seal). Jay-Z is credited as one of the producers. Samuel brings us a Black western, in which there is very little room for whites (the only sequence with whites is the train heist). The movie is highly stylish and very visual. I had no idea of any of this when I walked into the theater. I was simply looking for a good movie, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it all. The movie features an all-star cast of Black performers, none more so than Jonathan Majors ("The Last Black Man in San Francisco"), as Nat Love, although Regina King (as one of the many bad-asses in the movie) also shines in her own way. Please note that the violence is in your face, if not over the top, almost Quentin Tarantino-like. In fact, this film reminded me on more than one occasion of the great Tarantino, and that's saying something. The movie features a bunch of great song placements and I can't wait for the soundtrack (which will be released in early November). The only criticism I have is that the film's running time is unnecessarily long at 2 hrs. 20 min and could easily have been trimmed by 20-30 minutes without losing anything essential, but in the end it's a minor quibble.
"The Harder They Fall" premiered in early October at the London film festival to immediate acclaim. There is a reason why this film currently is rated 87% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was released in theaters this weekend for a limited run before it moves to Netflix in early November. Thankfully my art-house theater here in Cincinnati had it on its lineup. The Friday early evening screening where I saw this at was not attended well (exactly 2 people including myself), which is a shame. If you are in the mood for a highly stylish, at times Tarantino-reminding Black western, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater (while you still can), on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.
- Oct 23, 2021