Netflix movie review: The Harder They Fall – Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors in blood-soaked Western with a wry sense of humour

4/5 starsA blood-soaked Western, The Harder They Fall is that all too rare a thing. The principal characters – hoodlums, harlots, bank robbers, gunslingers – are all African-American. As the opening caption tells us, the story we’re about to see is fictional but we should bear in mind “These. People. Existed.”Unflinching in its depiction of the Wild West, the film opens with a young boy witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of the merciless Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). We don’t see his…

Netflix movie review: The Harder They Fall – Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors in blood-soaked Western with a wry sense of humour
4/5 starsA blood-soaked Western, The Harder They Fall is that all too rare a thing. The principal characters – hoodlums, harlots, bank robbers, gunslingers – are all African-American. As the opening caption tells us, the story we’re about to see is fictional but we should bear in mind “These. People. Existed.”Unflinching in its depiction of the Wild West, the film opens with a young boy witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of the merciless Rufus Buck (Idris Elba). We don’t see his…