10+ Let Him Go Reviews – Costner and Lane Shine

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!

Phase 2 in Washington State will allow movie theaters that have been closed since November 2020, to reopen in early February 2021.

… 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?

Recommended

  1. 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.”
  2. 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.”
  3. 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. “
  4. 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.”
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.”
  7. 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.”
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.”
  10. 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.”

Not Recommended

  1. 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.”
  2. 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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FIRST LOOK: Let Him Go

I like Kevin Costner’s acting style and his clean-cut look fits. He has a certain regalness to his roles.

Diane Lane has been around awhile and in a few films I’ve enjoyed. I can’t really remember her being a bad actress in anything, but she’s been in some dreadful movies. Most recently she’s played Martha Kent in the Superman movies.

Costner clearly has a better resume of good to great films, certainly he has some stinkers too — it just happens if you’re around long enough and active in the business. He played Clay Shaw in one of my all time favorites from Oliver Stone, JFK. Have seen Costner in Yellowstone, his newest TV show, recently and liked what I saw there. So, Costner’s involvement in any film, regardless the story, has me a little more interested than just random unknown actor. Diane Lane, purely on her many years of experience also ratchets up my anticipation.

So with these two leads, particularly Costner, I’m intrigued by what this film might offer.

Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are starring together in a new thriller titled Let Him Go. It looks like a western version of Taken, with Coster and Lane trying to rescue their grandson from an “off the grid” family being led by Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville.

Kevin Costner Goes Full Liam Neeson In Let Him Go Trailer

Like the description of a Western version of Taken, but Costner doesn’t give me the same vibe as Liam Neeson, so kind of hoping that’s not what this film is like.

Let’s look at the official trailer:

Uh oh, did Costner’s character in the first few seconds just say, “Don’t start what you can’t finish?”

Yeah, that’s definite Liam Neeson territory. Maybe he can play the heavie, but he just works better casting-wise as less of a heavy type and more polished. Maybe I’m typecasting him, but that’s what I think from his past work. He’s played flawed characters including athletes (Bull Durham!), but I don’t remember him venturing very often into roles like Rutger Hauer or Liam Neeson.

Still looking forward to seeing this based on the trailer. Will try my best to clear my memory and see if Costner surprises. He’s done it before. He’s got the talent to do so. What do you think of this one?

Let Him Go opens wide domestically in theaters on November 6, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Yellowstone (TV Series) – Peacock / Paramount

Yellowstone Season 1 and 2 are available for streaming on Peacock, launching wide on July 15

The last time I checked in with Kevin Costner, one of my favorite actors, it was just his voice as the dog Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My blindspot, since we don’t have television, is he’s been starring in the lead role of the TV series Yellowstone, which season three just started June 21, 2020 every Sunday night on Paramount. The first two seasons of Yellowstone are available on Peacock.

The show follows the trials and tribulations of the Duttons, a family of ranchers operating the the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. But you don’t reach the Duttons’ level of wealth and success by playing nice, not out where the west is still wild, and the family is constantly attending to conflicts from outside—including land developers, political opponents, and clashes with the local reservation—as well as from within as the complicated dynamics between the patriarch John (played by Kevin Costner) and his children—frustrated, politically ambitious Jamie (Wes Benton), deliciously vicious Beth (Kelly Reilly), and estranged former soldier Kayce (Luke Grimes)—play out with plenty of scheming, secrets, and no little bit of bloodshed.

How to Watch Yellowstone Season 3 – Where to Watch Yellowstone Online

One challenge with TV shows that are trending and aren’t brand new is having to catch up current with them. Season 1 & 2 are available on Peacock (19 total episodes which with average run times of 45 minutes is like 14+ hours of watch time).

Today, I started watching the first episode where literally in the first five minutes Kevin Costner’s Dutton lead character is in a car accident and must shoot his injured horse in the head. Must admit that westerns aren’t usually my thing, but this is a much more modern western.

The only reason I’m even offering this as a FIRST LOOK here is that it features Kevin Costner and is trending as one of the most watched TV shows at home right now. I’m always fascinated when I look at these top lists and see shows I’ve never heard of that are popular. It just humbles me to no end. Being humbled is good. Just when I think I sort of know what’s going on with movies and TV shows, I’m proven there is much to learn.

Anybody reading enjoy watching Yellowstone?

Yellowstone Season 1 & 2 is available on Peacock now, season 3 now airing on Paramount.