The Harder They Fall (2021)


“How long you been alive in this country? A rock and a hard place is what we call Monday.” – Trudy Smith

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – An outlaw in the Old West finds out that his sworn enemy is being released from prison and puts together a plan to finally kill him.

My Take on it – This is a really enjoyable western that tries to show a whole different side of that time and place than most people are use to seeing.

It’s refreshing to watch and works quite well throughout.

The film relies heavily on feelings for revenge that both gangs are trying to enact upon and that helps fuel so much of the passion, hate and animosity that is so prevalent here.

The cats is great and allow for things to feel quite realistic as the plot keeps changing directions constantly due to the various twists and turns along the way.

The problem here is that this story is presented in a very Tarantino-esque fashion and it constantly feels as if the writer-director is trying to emulate that style, but the dialogue and action never reach that level which is unfortunate.

The film gets quite graphic and that isn’t to say that it isn’t called for, but it feels a bit too excessive at certain points despite the attempt to make things look and feel more realistic as it moves forward.

Some of the surprises along the way are a bit too much and they fail to justify them which is also a bit problematic.

All in all though, this is a compelling Western that will hopefully help lead to more original and innovative Westerns that don’t try to rehash things that have been done before.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bass Reeves was the 1st Black U.S. Marshall west of the Mississippi. He was also the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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