Let Him Go
review by Bobby Blakey
While he was never really gone I love that there has been a resurgence of Kevin Costner. He is killing it in his TV series Yellowstone, but always great to see him head back to the big screen. His latest film Let Him Go has him reteaming with his Man of Steel co-star Diane Lane along with Lesley Manville, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart, and Will Brittain. Could this film bring an intense fight for family or will it be a separation not worth fighting over?
Let Him Go follows retired sheriff George Blackledge and his wife Margaret who leave their Montana ranch following the loss of their son, to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy. When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family.
I wasn’t sure here if we were going to be getting a full on violent revenge flick or some sort of family drama and in fact there is a bit of both. It’s not action heavy at all and in fact there is very little action as you might see it but instead some real life situations that include more violence than I thought we might get. The story is pretty simple and the slow build to it all helps to really build the tension to where it is all headed. What I found interesting is that there is very little back story to why this family is crazy and it’s not needed. Sometimes people are just nuts which makes them even scarier.
Both Costner and Lane bring their usual A game to their roles. There is a subtle performances from them both that feel like people that are angry, worried and determined all while showcasing a true love for their family they want to protect. Even more so is the chemistry between them that helps to elevate their performances to a stronger place that makes you fully believe they will do whatever they can to rescue the kid and protect each other.
Despite Costner’s character being a retired Sheriff there is no sudden ability to be this unstoppable bad ass which I loved. It really felt like a more realistic approach to this crazy scenario as well as showcase the harsh reality of repercussions of doing whatever it takes to protect your family.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes taking you behind bringing this film to life. Grab your copy of Let Him Go available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.
In addition Focus Features has released a moderated conversation between Matthew McConaughey and Diane Lane discussing her role in the film that you can check out below.