Concrete Cowboy

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Concrete Cowboy

02 Apr, 2021
English
1 hr 51 mins
Drama
Streaming on: Netflix
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Concrete Cowboy

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When a troubled 15-year-old boy is forced to come to terms with his estranged cowboy father in Philadelphia, new-found bonds emerge.
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Concrete Cowboy Review : Keeping up with Philadelphia's cowboys

Critic's Rating: 3.0/5
15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), named after American saxophonist John Coltrane, has a similar childhood with his namesake. The boy has an absent father-- A dad who turns out to be an urban cowboy in Philadelphia. But Cole’s fate changes overnight when his mother forces him to stay with his father after a violent episode in school. This is the story of Ricky Staub’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’, a modern cowboy story produced by and featuring Idris Elba in the lead.

‘Stranger Things’ fame Caleb is excellent as Cole, who tries to find his footing in Philly. He takes a minute to get used to his father Harp’s ways and his house—filled with old beer, cheese and a very patient horse squatting in the living room. Idris Elba plays Harp, who is tough on Cole for his own good. While Cole initially veers away from his dad’s cowboy ways, he is soon pulled into the world when he connects with his own horse — Boo.

Based on Greg Neri’s novel ‘Ghetto Cowboy’, the film explores the lives of Philly’s urban cowboys living in Fletcher’s street. The film even stars real-life cowboys from the hinterland. In a touching sequence in the film, Cole begins to understand why the men and women in the town hold such high regard for their horses, while constantly being under the threat of gentrification. Even Smush (Jharrel Jerome), a small-time drug dealer in the show, who often clouds Cole’s judgement, has sky-touching aspirations to be reunited with his horse.

The film shines best when its horses get screen space. The same, however, cannot be said of its exploration of interpersonal relationships.

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