Entertainment Idris Elba rides hard in coming-of-age Netflix drama Concrete Cowboy: Review
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The healing properties of horses have been a Hollywood mainstay since National Velvet, their tender-hooved redemption tales both a balm for the soul and a seemingly endless fount for feel-good cinema. But for all its familiar themes and archetypes, Concrete Cowboy (on Netflix April 2) still finds fresh ways to update a classic coming-of-age story — not least because it's set not on some bucolic farmland or dusty ranch but in the streets of North Philadelphia,
Writer-director Ricky Staub brings real-life rhythms and texture to his feature debut by filling the screen with that homegrown scene, and casting several actual members of the city'sin supporting roles. Though it's the producing presence of names like and (the latter costars as well) that lends both sheen and star power to the movie's low-key naturalistic style, even as Staub sometimes struggles to balance indie sensibilities with the broader strokes of mainstream storytelling.
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The film also serves as a graduation of sorts for Stranger Things'as Cole, a taciturn kid with a wisp of a mustache and the weight of a world-sized chip on his shoulder. At 15, his delinquencies have already frayed the last nerve of his exasperated single mother (Liz Priestly); if he wants to keep playing the hard man, she tells him, he'll have to go try it on his estranged father (Elba) out east for the summer. By the opening credits they're on the road, and Cole's life in Detroit is a dot in the rear-view mirror.
Harp, it turns out, isn't exactly the domestic type, and making no moves to change that for his son. His fridge is a beer-can wasteland, the "guest bed" a dingy sofa, and there's a speckled stallion named Chuck whinnying softly just off the living room. Even Harp's presence is a privilege: Almost every moment he's not at his sanitation job he's down at the riding club, smoking loosies and telling tales. To fill the void, Cole turns to his childhood friend Smush (), a low-level runner for a local dealer with his own dreams of bigger, riskier paydays; he may not be a great influence, but at least he actually wants to hang out.
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The actor’s book deal includes both picture books and fiction that he has developed with his writing partner Robyn Charteris. Charteris’s credits include a BAFTA-winning children’s drama series for CBBC and creating and writing one of the first original 52-episode pre-school series for the launch of digital channel CBeebies. Charteris also served as a creative consultancy for Mattel Toys and Lego, and has a master’s degree in Playwriting.The upcoming children’s books are set to launch in 2022.
It's those long nights out with Smush that finally snap Harp into a more hands-on parenting mode, though it still falls on his fellow members, including's tough-love neighbor Nessie and a paraplegic rider called Paris (Jamil Prattis) to draw Cole into daily life at the stables. What begins with a literal trial by manure becomes a gateway to connection and a greater sense of the club's proud but endangered history, and Staub smartly lets these moments breathe: The in-jokes and eccentricities, the slow thaw as Cole learns to wrangle creatures even more unsettled than himself.
Elba, with his battered ten-gallon hat and 100-yard stare, remains a hard-nosed enigma for most of it, cagey and remote. But McLaughlin lets every emotion — anger, vulnerability, forced bravado — play across his face, a tender walking nerve center. And even the inclusion of non-actors like Prattis and Ivannah-Mercedes, as Cole's fellow rider and love interest, has a kind of sweet unpolished resonance. (, a.k.a. Clifford Smith, also has a nice wry turn as a local cop sympathetic to the cause).
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Screenwriter and director Ruchi Narain struggled for decades to find steady work in the Indian film industry. © Hitesh Mulani/Netflix The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights has asked Netflix to stop streaming "Bombay Begums," a drama about five ambitious women. Even with two major, critically acclaimed films under her belt — "Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow," a thriller she wrote and directed and "Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi," a political drama that went on to win Bollywood's equivalent of an Academy Award — the work just wouldn't come.
Jerome, so devastating in 2019's When They See Us, deserves better than Smush's overly telegraphed destiny allows, and the script (co-penned with Dan Walser from Greg Neri's 2011 YA novel Ghetto Cowboy) often aims for a kind of tidy box-checking that at its best and most lived-in, the narrative doesn't need: By then Concrete has already found four legs to stand on, and its own imperfect kind of grace. Grade: B
Idris Elba and Naomi Campbell slam Ghana over gay rights .
Actor Idris Elba and supermodel Naomi Campbell were among signatories of an open letter published Monday criticising Ghana's stance on gay rights. The 2015 film "Beasts of No Nation", in which Elba starred, was shot in Ghana's Eastern Region, and his mother was born in the West African country. "We have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre in Accra, and feared for your personal wellbeing and security. It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe," the letter said.