The Harder They Fall

Director: Jeymes Samuel
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.5

In the "good old days" of the Wild West, Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) is an "outlaw who robs outlaws" which works out fine for him until he steals from the Crimson Hoods, run by the legendary Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), who then capture his girlfriend Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz) and demand the money returned to them, plus $10k on top of that.  The influence of Quentin Tarantino is quite evident - the long "philosophical" monologues, the excessive number of songs, the quirky camera angles, etc. - and Netflix, true to form, is back at it with the sloppy historical revisionism: all the main characters are African-American, and white folk are the minority (for the record, it takes a whopping 26 minutes and 56 seconds for a Caucasian dude to start to utter a racial slur ... before being shot).  It's entirely too puffed up and self-confident considering its lack of a single original thought or idea, but the cast is excellent and help carry the audience through the extended running time.  As an aside, I'd like to say this: there's something very unsettling about watching African Americans killing other African Americans so callously, considering what's happening in places like Chicago.