Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch 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.
Our film sets the scene as we see this family living on a ranch, and it’s an older set of parents with their son living at home with his wife and daughter. A few moments in sets to the tone of this urgent score, Margaret (Diane Lane) rushes outside to scream to George (Kevin Costner) as she knows something is wrong, and when George searches for his son, he finds his body lifeless by the water.
Next, Margaret witnesses Blanche’s new husband smack her from a distance and him be ugly to her grandson, and they leave town. Margaret wants to head to where they are and take back their grandson. We see against George’s better judgment, and he heads on the road with Margaret to find their grandson.
As they are on their journey, they begin to come to the realization the Donnie Weeboy and the Weeboy family is a bit of a mystery. They start to drive across the state on a wild goose chase from other Weeboy crew members, and they finally get to where they need to be, but it’s not what it seems.
As a result of all this hostility brought to the table, I will say that Thomas Bezucha did a great job bringing the film’s suspense. Several scenes, a pulsating score with the level of intensity brought to the table from our star Actors in Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, make these scenes fantastic to watch.
Speaking of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, they were great together and had fantastic chemistry. You have two veterans of the game that know what they are doing, know how to utilize the camera, the words, and how to express them. They elevate the film to another level.
In the meantime, Blanche finds out Margaret is trying to convince Lorna to let her have her baby, and this leads to an INSANE scene that was built up to perfect by Thomas Bezucha. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering if what was about to happen, happen. I am blown away by what I just witnessed, and it was masterfully acted by all parties here.
Likewise, when I mentioned the great acting from Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, Lesley Manville is remarkable as a ruthless, heartless mother, Blanche. To not only stand toe to toe with Lane and Costner’s likes but to have several scene-stealing moments with them on the screen together. She hands down gave one of the best antagonist performances of the year.
I had an issue with the film’s length as certain parts dragged out a little longer than needed. It doesn’t make the film’s impact completely away but, at the same time, a little more tidy of a movie, and we are looking at a real contender for one of the best films of the year.
In particular, what worked for me in this film was the emotional connection you felt for our leads. Loss is something that can be hard to tackle, and it has to be done in a way that makes you feel empathetic and put you in the shoes of our characters. Not only do you feel the connection if you have ever lost someone in your lives, but you can also empathize with Margaret and George, and that’s a testament to Thomas Bezucha’s writing.
In closing, the hatred that has been built up for the last hour and a half finally reached its tipping point. This film’s ending was a bit of a surprise because I was expecting a more ‘Hollywood’ style of ending, and we got something different, and that made me happy. A nice bow to close the chapter of this fantastic thriller.
Let Him Go floored me on so many levels. From the brilliant writing to the fantastic score by Michael Giacchino to the superb acting from our entire cast, this film is one of the years best. Personally, I feel like we should be talking about this film come award season.
‘Let Him Go is an emotional edge of your seat thriller.‘