The Harder They Fall (Film Review)

Beyond the hype and anticipation that surrounded the release of the movie The Harder They Fall, viewers are treated to a well structured film that correctly focuses on black personalities from the 1800’s American mid-west.  These western heroes were portrayed in all of their personality-flawed glory, and presented with strong themes appropriate for their time and not adjusted to suit the entertainment taste of today’s political correctness.


Movie review website Rotten Tomatoes describes The Harder They Fall saying ‘When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), his right and left hand men–hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler)–and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield), and they are not a group that knows how to lose.’


Adding to the lustre of the film is its soundtrack.  Featuring a new recording of Barrington Levy’s “Here I Am” with samples of the original song, viewers are treated to a sonic concert where America-meets-Jamaica and the Reggae genre helps set the tempo for key scenes in the film.


Highlights of the tempo described includes Koffee’s theme song “The Harder They Fall,” Barrington Levy’s “Here I Come” as well as his new release “Better Than Gold.”  For Reggae aficionados who are deeper into the genre, Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land” heightened their approval of film maker Jeymes Samuel’s use of music to punctuate scenes in the film.


Undercurrent themes presented and appreciated in the film include judgement, love and leadership.



8.9 Stars out of 10