The Harder They Come
Directed by Perry Henzell
I fully expected to dislike this movie, since we have been stuck with so many bores lately. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this film and once again, the Book helps me discover another gem I never would have found otherwise.
Jimmy Cliff stars as a poor Jamaican man named Ivanhoe Martin who dreams of making it big as a reggae singer. He is able to get a song produced, but is only paid $20. In order to make money, he starts to deal marijuana. Just as you start to write this off as another disillusionment of a dreamer story, Ivanhoe gets a little knife happy. And a lot gun happy.
The soundtrack of this film is absolutely fantastic; I was smiling as soon as the first song started playing. I wish I could comment more on the last scene, but I have a no spoiler rule. All I will say is the main character is pretty fascinating; he honestly sees himself as a hero.
Worth checking out just to see people dance to reggae music. It's about as awkward as one would expect.
First Jamaican feature film.
The language in this movie is Jamaican Patois, which can be understood somewhat by English speakers.