O@tNetflix: The Harder They Fall

When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary, his right and left hand men hot-tempered Bill Pickett and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith and Cherokee Bill, and they are not a group that knows how to lose.

Everybody gangsta
Everybody too cool for school
Everybody missing their brain
Everybody a bully
Everybody talking bullshit
Everybody game of thrones
Everybody stylish
Everybody dead or alive
Everybody style over substance
Everybody a traitor
Everybody talkytalky
Everybody brutal
Everybody an asshole

Oh, and everybody black af!

While most if not all characters were, like, real living persons, the whole story is a work of pure fiction. And the story is as cookie-cutter as possible, like almost every western ever made. Revenge, crime, betrayal … a bit like Star Wars in Texas.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun while watching. The production is very colourful and stylish, with whole black towns … and a very white town in which even all the buildings are white. That’s funny if you like that style of humour. And the whole cast is very talkative. So much so Clint Eastwood would’ve developed ear cancer. But THTF was obviously not made for Clint, and neither for fans of characters like his.

THTF is almost 2 hours long, most of the time it’s just people talking strong and acting like bullies … rather boring after a while. Only towards the end, when both gangs are having their big shootout/showdown, the movie becomes really exciting.

And that’s almost all I’m willing to write about this popcorn flick. This is entertainment on a very very basic level, made for very young and basic people. I can imagine it will find its audience in the States, pretty much nowhere else. What a shame, because the production was handsome and had a great cast. But it missed real heroes, people to root for. We only had a gang of assholes seeking out revenge against a gang of bigger assholes. Not good enough to convince me.

2 comments

  1. I love a good western, but I doubt I’ll bother with this one. The last good one I watched was Old Henry a few weeks ago. It was simple and classic western. Before that? I think we must go back to Bone Tomahawk.

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    • Oh yes, Old Henry was great for what it was. Low budget with an interesting twist. Didn’t I write about it yet? … scramble…search … poooh, no. :/ It’s still in my “Watched” folder where I push flicks I’ve watched but not blogged about. It’s slowly becoming too huge to ever getting on top of it again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Maybe I should do one of my infamous roundhouse kicks again?

      My OCD is soooo triggered, but I’m also lazy. What to do, what to do?

      I also loved True Grit and Bone Tomahawk, both great movies.

      O@tM: Bone Tomahawk

      O@tM: True Grit (2010)

      Just watched Titane. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ If that wasn’t a dirty perverted little psychoflick I dunno what else. I can’t see rhyme or reason in that thing. What are you making of it, babes?

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