Lakeith Stanfield

The Harder They Fall (2021)

The Harder They Fall (2021)

Netflix Original

Director:

Jeymes Samuel

Writers:

Jeymes Samuel

Boaz Yakin

Starring:

Jonathan Majors

Idris Elba

Zazie Beetz

RJ Cyler

Edi Gathegi

Danielle Deadwyler

Regina King

LaKeith Stanfield

Delroy Lindo

Blurb:

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

Review:

I’ve been looking forward to The Harder They Fall since I saw the trailer. It mostly delivered on my expectations, however, it dragged in some bits and slowed the pacing down. I would have liked it if the romance had been more hinted at instead of explored. I don’t particularly care about romance in a western because the genre is already filled with so much. The romance of the lone gunslinger coming in and saving the town. In this case, though, the gunslinger had a small group of friends, which still worked in my opinion. However, they didn’t save the town. I was surprised at that route and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Was the town too corrupt? It didn’t seem that way, so I’m not sure why that decision was made.

There were several tropes that were inverted and I liked that a lot. I also LOVED how they depicted the white town. It was hilarious. I was kind of bummed that the second friend ended up dying. You already knew the young one was going to, he was too cocky to live in that kind of world. I also did not like the reveal at the end, which was not needed at all. Bad guys in westerns don’t need motivation other than being bad.

I liked the ending (I love Regina King’s character) and I’m hoping that there’s a sequel that works on fixing the things I disliked. This is the kind of western I enjoy, one that’s not super artsy, though, The Harder They Fall did have its moments.

3.5/5

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Director:

Jim Strouse

Starring:

Jessica Williams

Chris O’Dowd

Lakeith Stanfield

Plot:

An aspiring playwright in New York strikes up a friendship with a guy while on the rebound from a break-up.

Review:

I like Jessica Williams from The Daily Show and I thought the trailer for this looked funny. There were definitely funny moments but it was really about a young woman trying to figure her life out. Which is fun, but I’m past that point in my life, until I have a midlife crisis, so it’s not as entertaining for me as it used to be.

Jessica is ridiculously confident, except when she isn’t, which I can relate to. I did find it difficult to watch when she took out her frustrations on the kid, but they made up and she apologized. She does sincere very well, sincere and passionate.

Is it weird that I find it sad when people who have good families, families that love them and just want what’s best for them, but they can’t handle being around them? Jessica’s family loves her, but she doesn’t “fit it” with them so she’s got her own family in NY basically. I’m glad she has her own family, I just wish she didn’t seem so sad around her biological family. I think I feel that way because it reminds me of a specific family member that I love, but that acts like being with family is the worst.

Anyway, the movie was fine, I liked the ending a lot, loved the character of Jessica James, really just need to stop watching indie movies cause I’m not a fan of the genre.

3/5