'Concrete Cowboy' Starring Idris Elba: Sink or Stream?

Are we going to skip out on this story about the Fletcher Street riders, or will we stream "Concrete Cowboy" and check out these modern day cowboys?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Concrete Cowboy: Sink or Stream?

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There are certainly plenty of western films that show how life used to be during simpler times. Times when people used to ride horses. Times when getting a job didn't require any experience. It just required showing up and working hard. And we've seen enough of these films where all the men and women were cowboys and cowgirls. This week's film that we're looking at is Netflix's "Concrete Cowboy," starring Idris Elba. It tells the story of a group of cowboys still living a similar lifestyle today.

This community of black cowboys exists in Philadelphia and has existed for over 100 years. There have been numerous western films made, but not many if any have focused on African-American cowboys. Finally, this movie has the opportunity to shed a light on a group of people many might not know exist. But, before you watch the flick, we want to tell you the reasons to sink it or stream it.

Reasons to Sink 'Concrete Cowboy'

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • The course that the plot takes is a little too predictable in certain ways which makes the story not feel as original.
  • This film is heavily reliant on the star power of Idris Elba, but his role is that of a supporting character.
  • There's not as much action as you might expect from a movie about cowboys, so the film can feel slow at times.

Reasons to Stream 'Concrete Cowboy'

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin's performances as estranged father and son are moving. It should hit close to home for anyone with a similar dynamic as a parent or child.
  • The cinematography is beautiful with a variety of different, gorgeous sunlit settings.
  • This untold story about the long history and culture of this community of black cowboys is a powerful one.

Sink or Stream?

Should you skip or stream "Concrete Cowboy"? We think you should stream it this weekend.

It's not every day that we get an authentic story about a unique group of contemporary cowboys living their lives in Philadelphia, against the norms of modern society. It's also great to see some of the real-life riders in the film spreading awareness for their cause. This is an enjoyable and informative film about a group of African American cowboys that haven't been represented in cinema before.

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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