Netflix’s The Harder They Fall: What Fans Are Saying About The Idris Elba Movie
How is The Harder They Fall faring among Netflix subscribers?
Western movies aren’t nearly as common as they were in decades past, and the few offerings from that genre that trickle in nowadays oftentimes have a steeper hill to climb to impress audiences. Netflix has dabbled with Westerns a few times in recent years, and the streaming service’s latest movie on that front is The Harder They Fall, starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors, among others. Following a limited theatrical release in late October, The Harder They Fall premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, November 3, right before Marvel’s Eternals dropped in theaters.
So how is The Harder They Fall faring among the public? Well, it’s a big hit among professional critics, with the movie ranking at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. This includes CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg, who gave The Harder They Fall 4 out of 5 stars in his review and called it “a badass and bloody Western.” But how does the general audience feel about The Harder The Fall? That’s what we’re here to go over.
The Harder They Fall Is Scoring A Lot Of Praise
Netflix’s The Harder They Fall won’t go down as one of those movies that delivered drastically contrasting opinions among professional critics and the general audience. The latter group was also greatly entertained by the Western, as indicated by its 93% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes. This, of course, translates into plenty of talk about it on social media, like so:
The Harder They Fall is soooooooo fking GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!You gotta see this in theaters, first!!-Fin. pic.twitter.com/HuvmjFeLjMOctober 23, 2021
For those who aren’t familiar with The Harder They Fall, the Western follows an outlaw named Nat Love and his quest for revenge against Rufus Buck, the man who killed his parents when he was a boy. The movie is packed with action and drama, and in the days since its arrival on Netflix, it’s built
The Harder They Fall, 9/10. Great revenge story, great main characters and side characters that really mattered. Loved how Nat Love's story was told. Rufus Buck, a great villain. You can't not love westerns with such a great soundtrack. Have to read up on the characters. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/oP4xC5HAUPNovember 3, 2021
At the time of this writing, The Harder They Fall rests comfortably on Netflix’s Top 10 in the U.S. listings, trailing only behind the Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang-led romantic comedy Love Hard. So clearly the Western isn’t lacking for views, but nevertheless, many of the movie’s fans are urging others to stream it on Netflix posthaste.
YALL BETTER STREAM THE HECK OUT OF ‘The Harder They Fall’. It’s on Netflix now. These cowboys were all actual people and the movie goes HARD.November 3, 2021
Now that we’ve made it clear that The Harder They Fall is popular with Netflix subscribers, let’s direct our attention to the movie’s starring talent.
Idris Elba Shines As The Villain
The Harder They Fall boasts an impressive lineup of acting talent, including Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, Deon Cole and Damon Wayans Jr. However, for the sake of this piece, let’s focus on the movie’s two lead actors: the aforementioned Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. The former plays Rufus Buck, the movie’s main antagonist, and as is usually the case with Elba, he delivers another stellar performance.
I watched The Harder They Fall. Great movie. Highly entertaining. The soundtrack rocks all the way through. And Idris Elba gives a masterclass in being menacing as fuck. pic.twitter.com/f8WYZOTWAwNovember 7, 2021
Idris Elba is no stranger to playing villains, including Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, Krall in Star Trek Beyond and Brixton in Hobbs & Shaw, to name a few examples. His time as Rufus Buck in The Harder They Fall looks to be another favorite for this aspect of his performing career.
Just finished watching The Harder They Fall it's a really good movie. Idris Elba is a great actor and he has been a great villan in the movies he has been a villan in especially this one. pic.twitter.com/dxXCJQOe5nNovember 7, 2021
The Harder They Fall makes Idris Elba’s second Western for Netflix this year, with Concrete Cowboy having debuted on the streaming service in April. Elba also recently starred as supervillain Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad, but Rufus Buck is definitely the more sinister character.
Did y’all see Idris Elba in “The Harder they Fall?” You deserve to have a blessed day, pls watch now.November 6, 2021
Next up, we’re looking at Jonathan Majors, who starred in The Harder They Fall as Nat Love, the main protagonist.
Jonathan Majors Was An Especially Big Highlight
2021 has been a big year for Jonathan Majors, as earlier this year, he appeared in the Loki Season 1 finale as He Who Remains, a version of Kang the Conqueror, who will appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. While we count down to the Ant-Man threequel’s release in summer 2023, The Harder They Fall certainly offers another showcase of Majors’ acting talent and charisma, as uniquely put by this person.
If you or someone you know got pregnant by Jonathan Majors while viewing The Harder They Fall, you may be entitled to compensation. pic.twitter.com/04dfCxzzxaNovember 5, 2021
Jonathan Majors also shined in 2020 from his work on fellow Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods and the short-lived HBO series Lovecraft Country. Speaking of the latter show, The Harder They Fall serves as an example of how a person’s view on an actor in one project can change with a drastically different project.
It’s wild..I didn’t think Jonathan Majors was cute in Lovecraft, but he fine as hell in The Harder They Fall. Maybe it’s the way he carry himself & the beard. Definitely the beard lolNovember 7, 2021
It hasn’t taken Jonathan Majors long to be catapulted to stardom, and The Harder They Fall is another project for his growing fanbase to enjoy him in.
Just finished The Harder They Fall and damnnnnnnnnnn soooo good. Also the whole cast is just so fine but Jonathan Majors is *exhale* extra fine af. pic.twitter.com/Ix3ThYfzSMNovember 4, 2021
Finally, let’s look over other elements of The Harder They Fall that are being commended.
The Harder They Fall Excels Beyond The Action And Story
Directed by Jeymes Samuel, who also co-wrote the script with Boaz Yakin, The Harder They Fall has been collecting a lot of compliments for its sleek visuals and standing out at as Black-led Western. Case in point:
Aside from how unapologetically Black Harder They Fall is, I’m also just excited to see a western that’s not draped in dusty washed out “realism” but has real vibrance and style. Raimi’s The Quick & The Dead is so slept on and this feels like it’s putting down that same vibe. pic.twitter.com/84nli4ULAANovember 3, 2021
The Harder They Fall has also scored attention for its soundtrack, so if you decide to look up some of the tunes afterwards, you’re not the only one.
The Harder They Fall is a a pretty great movie.But you know what’s greater? Every single song from the soundtrack. Watched the movie with Shazam open and then finished the movie and headed straight to Spotify.November 6, 2021
It’s also worth noting that as laid out at the beginning of The Harder They Fall, while the events of the movie are fiction, most of its starring characters are historical figures. So it’s a good bet that there’ll be a decent chunk of people who read up on these people and what happened to them in real life after watching this movie.
As people watch Netflix’s The Harder They Fall, note these characters are not “reimagined”. They are real historical Black ppl who Hollywood and history glorified as white heroes. Bass ReevesNat LoveMary Fields “Stagecoach Mary”Cherokee Bill (Black, Native, Mexican) pic.twitter.com/NRSANqSjHSNovember 7, 2021
Before wrapping up, here’s a bonus: The Harder They Fall also includes a special tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who co-starred alongside Jonathan Majors and Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods.
Did you know? A train in @netflix’s The Harder They Fall is named after Chadwick Boseman 🖤 pic.twitter.com/SQz27a14khNovember 4, 2021
Of course, this is just a sprinkling of the fan reactions for The Harder They Fall, so feel free to browse Twitter to learn what other people have to say. Whether you’ve already seen the movie or not, be sure to look through our Netflix November 2021 guide to learn what else the streaming service has left to deliver this month (and what’s leaving).
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