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The Harder They Come

April 22nd, 2011 by Madeline Meyer · No Comments · Uncategorized

One of the elements of The Harder They Come I enjoyed most was its ability to convince you that you’re watching one movie and then completely shifting gears.  The first half seemed like the familiar story of “talented artist struggles to be recognized” and the second half was somewhat akin to Bonnie and Clyde.  Like Bonnie and Clyde, it becomes readily apparent to the viewer that Ivan will ultimately be caught as his crimes haven’t been smart enough or self-preserving enough to outwit authorities.  However, similar to the notorious bank robbers, Ivan’s inevitable fate does not stop the viewer from enjoying the fun he has before his downfall.  Despite the horrors that either Ivan instigates or is the victim of, there is such warmth in the purity of his happiness when he drives the car around the golf course.  As he throws his head back and laughs, the chorus of “You Can Get if it You Really Want” permeates the background, illustrating the sad realization that Ivan’s dreams are so far from what they used to be.  Yet– this scene is not sad.  It further conveys the Bonnie and Clyde-esque sentiment that you can’t always get it if you really want, but that shouldn’t stop you from going out with a bang.  At the end of the film, Ivan’s image has not been tainted by his corruption, rather it is his smile that stays instilled in the audience’s mind.

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