Sometimes I look at a preview and find myself intrigued from the very first frame even though I have no idea what the filmmakers are going for. Such is the case with the new trailer for “The Harder They Fall”. No, this isn’t a remake of Humphrey Bogart‘s 1956 boxing drama (which was Bogie’s final film). Instead it looks to be a super stylized Western packed with a great cast. Will that translate into interesting characters and a great story? It’s hard to tell, but first-time director Jeymes Samuel looks to be brimming with confidence.
Right off the bat you can’t help but notice the cast – Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, and Lakeith Stanfield (recent baggage and all). That’s some major league talent! The trailer doesn’t give us much in terms of story. We see a gang busting out Elba as he is being transported to prison and then setting out on what looks to be a mission of revenge. It’s hard to see a movie with this much talent failing and visually it looks amazing. Hopefully it doesn’t get lost in its effort to be cool and stylish.
“The Harder They Fall” releases this Fall on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.