Kevin Costner sure seems to find, create and/or produce roles for himself featuring his style of acting. He’s got a unique voice. Kind of dry sounding, almost whiney sometimes, but it’s like he is on the verge of either crying himself or making viewers cry.
As movie houses make a bold effort to return to normal, I’m grateful for the few rare films that have managed to slip through the fence. One of the best is Let Him Go, an uneven but satisfying domestic thriller starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, two accomplished and mesmerizing contemporary screen icons who just keep getting better every time they hear a director yell “Action!” and the camera rolls.Let Him Go Review: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane’s Quagmire of Horror | Observer
It’s been awhile since last posting one of these review compilations, so for those new to how they work, the details follow the comments below. Strangely, this movie was among our most favorite of the 44+ films watched in theaters in 2020. In January we watched 0 new films in theaters, because theaters have been closed in our area so far this year. On February 5th, AMC has announced they’ll be reopening theaters again. Yay!
… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …
Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Leslie Manville
The quality of trio of actors make this film shine. The story isn’t amazing, it’s a basic spin on a parental rights and child as leverage story, but it’s powerful enough. Grandparent love is incredibly strong. That bond is thoroughly tested here.
And just when you think they won’t go there, they do
I love it when the tension gets ratcheted tighter and tighter. There is a quiet tension in the beginning, more like an ominous feeling that something isn’t right. That feeling worsens. And worsens.
Some might think the film is slow, and it is in the beginning, but it’s a purposeful slow. By the time we reach the third act, we’re wondering if the story will go completely off the rails. It does and doesn’t.
I expected Costner’s character would go off, but didn’t see him going all in. We want him to go all guns blazing and he doesn’t disappoint.
Reviews by Others
What do others think of Let Him Go?
- film-authority.com: “…those seeking old-school Western gravity will enjoy the attractions here; two big, personable movie stars fighting to defend their family is easy to watch, particularly when Costner and Lane evoke the hard-scrabble back-stories of a desperate, driven couple who have already known enough pain for one life. Sure, we’ll always have streaming, but films like Let Him Go represent the last gasp of a kind of traditional cinema that’s unlikely to survive beyond the year.”
- For What It’s Worth / tbmeek3 (3/4): “Writer-director Thomas Bezucha rekindles the essence of a B-noir potboiler with the fast, efficient and lean in execution “Let Him Go,” based on Larry Watson’s novel, which gets a big boost from some knockout performances – in the end, the main reason to see the film.”
- It’s A Stampede / Alex Wiggan: “…sneaks in at the eleventh hour, to stand toe-to-toe with its peers. For me, this is one of the best films of the year, is something truly special, and is most certainly one to check out as soon as you can. “
- Jason’s Movie Blog (4.4/5): “…stands tall and proud as a beacon for its subgenre category as well providing a talented and enthralling tale of family and how far one would go to protect the ones that they love the most.”
- Keith & The Movies (4.5/5): “…hits all the right chords from its wonderfully low-key early rhythm to its effectively pulpy final third. It helps to have seasoned talents giving perfectly calibrated performances. And the story’s unexpected layers of humanity make us genuinely care while ultimately bringing out the deeper meaning to the film’s title.”
- Movies, Films & Flicks: “If you are in the mood for an old school thriller anchored by A+ performances, I totally recommend Let Him Go. You won’t be disappointed.”
- Screen Zealots (4/5): “…a compelling story full of drama and suspense that presents no easy answers to the notion that vengeance is justified when it comes to family.”
- Seoyong’s Private Place (3/4): “…is a rather plain genre film on the whole, but it is supported well by not only Bezucha’s competent direction but also the enjoyable performances from Costner, Lane, and Manville. Yep, the story is quite familiar to the bone, but these good performers elevate their stock materials to some degree, and I appreciate that a lot.”
- theidiosyncratist: “This is a well-plotted movie with an unusual plot arc that moves from family sorrow to Gothic horror, all set in the largely empty western interior from Montana to North Dakota in the early 1960s.”
- The Underscene: “…showcases a story and script we’ve seen plenty of times before, but Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and some truly suspenseful action make for a perfectly enjoyable and stylistic watch.”
- Little Movie Reviews / Sarah C (Grade: C): “Nothing stands out to me, and the overdramatic trailer doesn’t do the film any favors, but I found myself to be mildly surprised. The acting is well done, but the script suffers from a storyline that’s been done one too many times. There’s not much to say about Let Him Go. There’s only one standout, however, and that’s Manville. Sadly, when Manville isn’t onscreen, everything else just feels like a bore.”
- The World Of Celebrity: “…really excels in certain tense moments so it’s just a shame it didn’t sustain that for the whole running time.”
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