"The Harder They Fall" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #155 Gem Mint 10

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"The Harder They Fall" (2021)

Director: Jeymes Samuel

Writer: Jeymes Samuel, Boaz Yakin

Starring: Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, Deon Cole, Damon Wayans Jr.

Rated: R for strong violence and language

Runtime: 2h 19m

Genre: Action | Drama | Western

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: Various VOD platforms / Netflix


"When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western."


You might like this if you like: Action, Drama, Westerns, Jeymes Samuel, Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Idris Elba, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, Deon Cole, Damon Wayans Jr.


Jonathan Majors in "The Harder They Fall" (2021)


I had initially heard about this awesome film from the lovely stunt-woman / actor; Carrie Anne Bernans, who did stunts on this film and of whom I had the pleasure of getting to interview briefly before this even came out.


Danielle Deadwyler in "The Harder They Fall" (2021)

I was so excited as I’m a huge fan of westerns and the entire cast was just jaw-dropping looked like a whole lot of fun.


Having watched this after ‘Loki’, I was thrilled to see Jonathan Majors again in a really big and badass role. Idris Elba, LaKeith Stanfield and Regina King were all fabulous as I expected them to be and were just so fun to see in the western skin as the original cowboys.


"The Harder They Fall" (2021)


My favorite character by far, and was an unexpected love, was Cuffee played by Danielle Deadwyler, who I don’t think I had seen in anything before, but she was a standout for sure. Her character was just great to start with too.



"The Harder They Fall" (2021)


Jeymes Samuel did such a terrific job, I loved every second of this movie, there some times where I felt the music may have taken over a bit too much, looked beautiful, I think the cast and crew and making of it meant more to me in the end, but nonetheless felt like a western that we needed and hopefully inspires more like it. Samuel really does throw his cowboy hat into the ring of the Western genre and proves himself damn, damn well.



Written by Sam Gall on Dec 19, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"Leave your saddlebags at the door and mount up for one hell of a ride." - Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader


"This is a Friday night affair: It wants to rouse us out of our seats -- and it does. Samuel's movie, with its reggae-inflected soundtrack and booming cast revels in the freedoms of pastiche, reckless violence, and glossy, staccato style." - K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone


"Bloody, has its own rhythm, and has a great Black ensemble full of fantastic performances." - Rendy Jones, Rendy Reviews


"With grisly violence that is almost cartoonish, The Harder They Fall puts a well-acted spotlight on real-life African American cowboys of the 1880s ... [If you] can tolerate all the blood and gore, it's a bumpy and thrilling ride with a top-notch cast." - Carla Hay, Culture Mix




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