RJ Cyler

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

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)


Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)

NETFLIX Movie

Director:

Ian Samuels

Starring:

Shannon Purser

Kristine Froseth

RJ Cyler

Noah Centineo

Plot:

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

Review:

I was starting to think my new favorite genre was going to be high school romance. Between Love, Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I was questioning everything I’d thought before. Sadly, the streak has ended with Sierra Burgess is a Loser.

There was too much going on in this movie. You had Sierra, Shannon Purser, and her con of Noah Centineo. You had her attempts to get into Standford. Her relationship with Veronica, Kristine Froseth. Her poetry assignment. Also, just general teenage girl in high school. It was too much and everything suffered from it.

I had a hard time getting into the romance because I couldn’t read their texts and they weren’t read out loud. Maybe if my TV was closer or I’d been watching on a laptop I could have seen them, but because I couldn’t I missed out on a lot of the romance building. Because of that I found it difficult to believe Noah forgiving Sierra when everything was revealed. It felt rushed and unbelievable.

I hated the wardrobe for Sierra. I loved that she wasn’t super skinny, but I thought her clothes were purposefully very unflattering. Even a high school girl that didn’t care about fashion wouldn’t wear some of the stuff they had her in. They played it up way too much and it pissed me off. She was larger, but that didn’t mean they had to dress her the way they did.

Overall, I thought Sierra Burgess is a Loser was messy and had too much teen angst.

2/5

Power Rangers (2017)


Power Rangers (2017)

Director:

Dean Israelite

Starring:

Dacre Montgomery

Naomi Scott

RJ Cyler

Ludi Lin

Becky G

Elizabeth Banks

Bryan Cranston

Plot:

A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world.

Review:

This movie really benefited from me recently watching some episodes of the original series as well as some episodes from one of the newest series. I didn’t have the show completely covered in nostalgia so I was more receptive to it.

Power Rangers are teenagers that are given devices that allow them to morph into armor that puts them on the same strength level as galactic monsters bent on destroying them and the universe. Why you would give teenagers that power, who knows? But there you have it.

I appreciated that they weren’t racist like the original series was with color choices. I liked that the yellow ranger was unsure of her sexuality. I liked that the blue ranger was autistic, at least I believe he was. Red ranger was eh, but he’s never been my favorite. Pink ranger was a mean girl that was redeemed because she’s hot? I’m really not sure about her and hope there’s more to her story. Hopefully, the next movie introduces a hot green ranger.

I hate teenage angst, but it’s very much part of the Power Rangers formula so it wasn’t out of place in this movie. The only thing that I really thought they could have done better with was the action scenes and the revelation of the Megazord. Power Rangers is great when it comes to action and this movie was seriously lacking. Two car crashes, but you could barely see them kicking butt.

I’m interested in what the next movie will be like and hope they’re able to improve on this one, but keep in the same vein on everything else.

3/5