Good Joe Bell, Concrete Cowboy Debut at TIFF

September 15, 2020

Good Joe Bell
Good Joe Bell | TIFF

Day five of the Toronto International Film Festival premiered two star vehicles: the Mark Wahlberg vehicle Good Joe Bell and the Idris Edra romp Concrete Cowboy. The former sees Wahlberg as a parent walking across America on an anti-bullying campaign after his son (Reid Miller) encounters violent homophobia in their small town. The latter film offers a portrait of Black cowboys with another father-son tale about finding one’s place in America. Both films drew mixed responses from TFCA members. Our critics mostly praised the performances of Good Joe Bell, but suggested that the  well-intentioned script by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry  didn’t meet the bar set by their Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain. One member likened its level of nuance to Green Book, which might mean that we have a People’s Choice contender on our hands. First reactions to Concrete Cowboy on the Twitterverse suggested that coronavirus wasn’t the worst thing to happen to Idris Elba this year. However, our members were somewhat kinder to the festival favourite.


Here’s what TFCA Members have to say about yesterday’s TIFF premieres:



A few ‘neighs’ on Concrete Cowboy


The annual “TIFF brain” seems to be settling in, even at home.

TIFF runs until Sept. 19.