Fresh on Netflix, we pick ‘Concrete Cowboy’ as our movie of the week.
The drama film stars Idris Elba (Luther, Beasts of No Nation) and Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things, High Flying Bird). Inspired by the novel ‘Ghetto Cowboy’ written by G. Neri, ‘Concrete Cowboy’ is a moving father-son drama about a teen caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture.
When fifteen-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) is expelled from school in Detroit, he is sent to North Philadelphia to live with Harp (Idris Elba), his estranged father. Harp finds solace in rehabilitating horses for inner city cowboys at the Fletcher Street Stables, a real-life black urban horsemanship community that has provided a safe haven for the neighborhood residents for more than 100 years.
Torn between his growing respect for his father’s community and his reemerging friendship with troubled cousin Smush (Jharrel Jerome), Cole begins to reprioritize his life as the stables themselves are threatened by encroaching gentrification.