The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall ★★★★

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW


So here we go then. The BFI London Film Festival 2021 starts here folks, and what better place to begin than with the opening night gala!

The Harder They Fall is a bombastic and brazenly bloody western that pulls influence from the likes of Peckinpah, Tarantino, Ford and a host of pulpy serials, yet approaches it all with entirely its own energy.

The film definitely has pacing issues and the plot is a bit on the basic side, however, when it gets going it really gets going, as the god-tier cast, banging soundtrack, and Jeymes Samuel’s kinetic, stylish direction rip the dusty old genre a new one while gleefully lighting a stick of dynamite under its ass.

It’s quite frankly astonishing that we’ve never had a western telling these stories, of these characters, on this level before and, with any luck, black western takes will continue to be told within a genre that has been so overwhelmingly white for far too long.

I’ve got a feeling The Harder They Fall is gonna be huge for Netflix and, if there’s any justice in this world, for Jeymes Samuel who has come out all guns blazing in his debut feature.