The Harder They Fall

  • 20 Nov - 26 Nov, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

Netflix movie The Harder They Fall is loosely a BOATS movie (based on a true story), plucking real-life outlaws from historical accounts and dropping them into a mashed-up fictional Old West revenge plot. A father, of both parentage and heavenly types, his wife and little boy sit down at the table to say grace before dinner and a sudden knock. A man who could very easily carry Samuel L. Jackson’s pulp fiction wallet walks across the room, then pulls out two gold revolvers and blasts the father and the wife into the next life. Then he gets out a razor and the boy howls. He’s expedited all of Two Gold Revolvers’ associates to hell, leaving only the man himself on the deathlist. Next we meet deadeye rifleman Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi) and quickdraw Jim Beckworth (RJ Cyler) as they rob the Crimson Hood Gang of the money they had previously robbed. We then check in with Stagecoach Mary (Beetz), Nat’s on-again-off-again, and he’s ready to be on again, and she’s up for it. Such is the type of film we’re watching, one with a little more style than sense, one where the needle drops are bigger than the plot developments, one that’s having so much fun crafting its story and indulging itself that it can’t maintain such liveliness for its hefty 139-minute run time.