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"Fight for family."
  • R
  • 2020
  • 6.7  (34,706)
  • 63

Let Him Go is a 2020 American neo-Western film directed and written by Thomas Bezucha. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson. It stars Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Kayli Carter, and Jeffrey Donovan. The film follows a retired sheriff and his wife as they try to rescue their grandson from a dangerous family living in the Dakotas.

The movie starts in the late 1950s, showing the Blackledge family living on a ranch in Montana. George, played by Kevin Costner, is a retired sheriff and his wife, Margaret, played by Diane Lane, is a homemaker. They have a son named James, who lives on the ranch with his wife Lorna and their young son, Jimmy. However, tragedy soon befalls the family, and James dies in a horse-riding accident.

Three years later, Lorna remarries a man named Donnie Weboy and soon decides to move away with him and Jimmy to live with the Weboy family in the Dakotas. Margaret is hesitant, but George insists it's best to let them go. However, when Margaret goes to visit Lorna, she becomes alarmed at the Weboy family's dangerous behavior and the way they control Lorna and Jimmy's lives.

Margaret and George decide to bring Jimmy back home to live with them, but the Weboy family is determined to keep the child. Margaret and George soon realize that they are up against a dangerous and powerful family, and they will have to use all their skills and know-how to get their grandson back. They soon realize they are in for a fight, and it may even result in bloodshed to get their grandson back.

Diane Lane gives an outstanding performance as Margaret, playing a character who is strong and determined to protect her grandson. She shines in the scenes where she has to confront the Weboy family, showing her courage and fierceness. Kevin Costner is excellent as George, who may seem a bit distant, but is protective of his family above all else. Together, they both show remarkable chemistry on screen, portraying a couple who are not only partners in life, but also partners in protecting their family.

Kayli Carter does an exceptional job playing Lorna, showing a character struggling to find her place in the world and caught in the middle of two families. The actress shows a lot of depth and nuance in her portrayal of Lorna, bringing empathy to an otherwise challenging character. Opposite her, Jeffrey Donovan delivers a chilling performance as Bill Weboy, the Weboy family patriarch. He is intimidating and ruthless, making him a formidable opponent not to be underestimated.

The movie is gorgeously shot, with picturesque landscapes of Montana and the Dakotas adding to the film's overall ambiance. The film's soundtrack also does an excellent job of setting the tone for each scene, emphasizing the story's emotional nuances.

In conclusion, Let Him Go is a well-executed and well-acted Western drama that showcases the lengths a family will go to protect their own. The film is not an easy watch as it deals with themes of loss, grief, and violence. However, it is a gripping film that will keep you engaged until the very end.

Let Him Go is a 2020 drama. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 63.

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