Being a wonderful actor may be more of a blessing than being a great actor, and Idris Elba is a wonderful actor. In Concrete Cowboy, Elba plays a resident of North Philadelphia who’s a dedicated horseman, part of a community of riders and horse lovers who have long made use of a stretch of tumble-down stables that, in an increasingly gentrifying world, now lie right in the crosshairs of developers. Elba’s character, a laconic gent named Harp, shares his untidy house with a horse, cordoned off in a makeshift living-room stall.
Why is there a horse in Harp’s living space? Who cares? The presence of this horse, a creamy, speckled beast named Chuck, clues us in to certain qualities of Harp’s character that Elba unfurls for us later: this is a man of hard-nosed practicality who gives not a mane’s flick for the rules dictating how things should be done, particularly as they’ve been laid down by white people. He’s also a man who knows that beauty needs care and tending. No wonder Elba’s Harp, elegant even in a rumpled cotton shirt and tattered straw cowboy hat, feels at home with a regal equine houseguest.
Depending on how you define greatness, Elba may in fact be a great actor. But great actors—hamstrung by their obsessive attention to technique or their personal dignity, or both—are sometimes boring. And Elba is never boring.
Jessica Kourkounis—© 2020 Netflix, Inc.Ivannah-Mercedes Lorraine Toussaint, Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jamil “Mil” Prattis and Cliff “Method Man” Smith
Born in Britain but adept at pulling off regional American accents, Elba first caught the attention of TV audiences as the charismatic drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell in The Wire. More recently, he’s starred as an emotionally tortured homicide detective on the British TV series Luther. In the movies, Elba has mostly learned to do a lot with a little, bringing unstudied glamour to roles like the reptilian villain Krall in Star Trek Beyond and the all-seeing Norse deity Heimdall in several Marvel movies. He even emerged with his dignity intact from the fascinating atrocity known as Cats. A man who can survive that unsettling CGI fur can be trusted with anything.
But the role of Harp in Concrete Cowboy is muscular enough to be worthy of Elba. Harp is the father of Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), a Detroit teenager who’s headed for trouble. His exasperated mother drops him …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment