There is a feel to the film directed by Quentin Tarantino (QT) that is so thick in the latest Netflix film, entitled The Harder They Fall. In fact, this western cowboy genre film is not QT’s latest work, but writer/director Jeymes Samuel, who is the younger brother of the famous singer Seal. Starting from the visualization, philosophical dialogues, details, composition of the players and the technique of telling the storyline, it will be somewhat reminiscent of films directed by QT, whether they are of the same western genre as Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight, or those that are not. like The Inglorious Basterds. Do not believe? just try to prove it yourself.
The Harder They Fall has an impressive line-up, with an ensemble of black stars whose names are flying fast in Hollywood as their players, such as Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz, Edi Gathegi, Delroy Lindo, RJ Cyler, to Regina King. Not to mention the names of the characters they played with investigations, namely black cowboy figures who have colored the history of the American western, although only in name.
The Harder They Fall is essentially a story of revenge. A boy named Nat Love must become an orphan. The cause was a head of a gang of bank robbers named Rufus Buck who shot Nat’s parents dead. Despite being left alive, Buck leaves a cross-shaped incision on the boy’s forehead before leaving.
Years later Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) grows up to become the head of the Nat Love Gang, a criminal gang that robs other criminals. The gang consists of Mary Fields (Zazie Beetz), Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi), Jim Beckworth (RJ Cyler) and Mary’s right-hand man, Cuffee (Danielle Deadwyler). While carrying out the action, Nat seeks to complete his old revenge mission, killing Rufus Buck with his own hands, even if it means waging a major war with his loyal followers, including the ruthless Trudy Smith (Regina King) and Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield).
In fact, The Harder They Fall is no different from an ordinary western action drama film. However, as previously mentioned, Samuel here is like copying the QT directing formula, which for a personal writer who had never witnessed Samuel’s directing actions but was familiar and is a fan of QT films, was quite surprised. The result itself for the author personally is very capable. This film has many aspects that make it lovable and Samuel deserves two thumbs up for his hard work here.
Like many films that feel worthy of being categorized as a hidden gem film, The Harder They Fall has material that is at the same time familiar but also unique, which has been successfully mixed into an entertaining dish. Although the actual duration is not short, this film is far from boring, and it can be seen even from the opening scene. Nat’s revenge attempt on Rufus Buck is filled with clever twists and surprises, a Hamilton-style soundtrack that carries its own twist, and meticulous execution.
The Harder They Fall is wild, exciting, weird, stylish, and very, very interesting. Even though the author himself has watched many western films since childhood, both classic and modern, he has never considered himself to be a fan of cowboy films until now, but even so, the author is a fan of unique films that have good stories, and The Harder They Fall is very good. fulfill this. For those who love the western film genre, who have long wanted a new western genre film that can end their long wait, The Harder They Fall is the right title for it.
The Harder They Fall can be streamed on Netflix