Review: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Takes the West with Style

In plot, The Harder They Fall isn’t much a revisionist Western.

The most obvious of these is the racial identities of most of our cast. Besides a train of rich types and the army men riding along to “protect” them, every character we meet is Black. 

It isn’t just the color of the people in the saddle, however. Fall draws strength in tone and pacing from its musical choices, including the particularly well-deployed titular track from Koffee. 

Nat Love  (Jonathan Majors) existed, but he was an author famous for his books on the Old West, not being part of it.

The bad guys, like gang leader Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), skew a bit closer to real life, but only U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves (Delroy Lindo) is genuinely accurate to his historical counterpart.