Let Him Go (2020) 1h 53m R

Kevin Costner has an impressive resume under his belt. He has stared in a lot of memorable movies and a few of those Diane Lane has been right along side him. How about ma and pa Kent just to name one for editing sake. His most recent one hit limited theaters and streaming networks already. This crazy covid thing has much of the whole world on hold yet some movies are open in limited release and not every day. In Let Him Go, Costner is a retired sheriff and along side his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), and owners of a horse ranch in Montana shared with their son James (Ryan Bruce), his wife Lorna (Kayli Carter) and little grandson, Jimmy.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in Focus Features Let Him Go

The story starts out with James apparently dying from a horse back accident which sets the stage for what’s to come. Some years after all has somewhat healed, Lorna remarries Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain) which sets up horrific events after Margaret witnesses Donnie’s dangerous side. Claiming Jimmy is in jeopardy, Dennis drives him to his family’s North Dakota home when things spiral out of control with boss mom Weboy (Lesley Manville) now calling the shots. Costner, even though his character is on the move attempting to get his grandson back home and trying to uphold the law he once belonged to as his respect for the law still is embedded in his blood. George searches each room in the compound until he locates little Jimmy and let the violence begin. Margaret joins the action and things get tense as her adrenaline kicks in right down to the fiery end.

Set in the Northwest aimed at mid-aged audiences in an emotionally restraintful way played by two fine seasoned actors, Lane and Costner blend so well remindful of the ma and pa Kent days. Costner plays his lines tactfully cool while Lanes approaches it straight forward and a cool quote from Lane as her and Costner were discussing age is “We’re not old” as Costner comes back with “well, we’re not young”. This is the best thing out there right now as the theaters are damn near desolate for the time being. ****

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