Director: Thomas Bezucha
Cast: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Lesley Manville
Release Date: February 2, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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 a dangerous family living off the grid. They soon discover that the Weboy family has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to fight for their family.
Please Note: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Let Him Go’ follows retired Sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) who have lived a peaceful life on their country Ranch. But when years after the loss of their son, their ex daughter in law and grandson suddenly move away with the new husband, the couple can’t help but find the events curious after the close relationship they’ve always shared and the violent occurrence Margaret witnessed before their departure. Unable to potentially leave their grandchild in harm’s way the couple leaves the comfort of home and heads out to track down the location of a dangerous family living off the grid where the two supposedly now reside. After quickly discovering that the family has no intention of letting the child leave, the Blackledges will have to decide whether to leave their grandchild in the hands of these dangerous folk or somehow find a way to take him back.
Directed and written for the screen by Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone, Monte Carlo) and based upon the novel by Larry Watson, Bezucha does a fantastic job at the helm of ‘Let Him Go’ guiding along the emotional tale with passion and care every step of the way. The film also owes plenty of credit to many of the talented individuals comprising the cast which includes Diane Lane (Serenity), Kevin Costner (TV’s Yellowstone), Lesley Manville (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Kayli Carter (Bad Education) and more, with the majority delivering highly capable performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Let Him Go’ is a phenomenal piece of filmmaking that provides a rich, riveting tale about the power of family and the lengths we’re willing to go in order to protect it. Further complimented with intricate characters that you truly feel and care for during every step of their difficult journey and others among the opposing family that are equally easy to despise and root against at the same time. With the careful guidance of director Thomas Bezucha paired with the passionate and relatable performances by Diane Lane and Kevin Costner, ‘Let Him Go’ quickly evolves into something incredibly special and quite powerful both in its delivery and effect on the viewer as we accompany this couple on their dangerous quest. It’s easily one of the very best films of 2020 (the only reason it was absent from my best of the year list was because I hadn’t yet had the pleasure of checking it out back in December) and I can’t encourage everyone strongly enough to go out of their way to check out ‘Let Him Go’ whenever possible. It’s a marvelous piece of cinema that you probably won’t want to disregard or overlook and anyone who appreciates an altogether expertly crafted film is liable to find a great deal to appreciate about this one.
Overall, ‘Let Him Go’ is outstanding, a moving tale of two good and caring people who you can easily root for as they step into dangerous circumstances against all odds to do what’s right and protect what they care about and believe in. ‘Let Him Go’ easily earns one of my highest possible recommendations. A truly magnificent piece of cinema and by far one of the best films of 2020, ‘Let Him Go’ is well worth taking the time to give a chance. Fans of stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in particular definitely won’t want to miss out on this wonderful film that’s greatly complimented by stellar performances from each. If you’re searching for a fantastic and emotional film one evening at home, ‘Let Him Go’ should make a great selection and also be well worth the price of a rental.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Let Him Go’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole and provides a clear, sharp and smooth presentation from start to finish without any real issues or problems to be found throughout. It holds up nicely even during the notably dark sequences, never resulting in anything becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation from Universal that looks great every step of the way and shouldn’t disappoint fans or first time viewers in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, crisp and occasionally somewhat aggressive audio presentation throughout. It embraces all seven available channels whenever appropriate in order to send music, along with nature elements, bits of dialogue and some gunshots, along with more throughout the various speakers while always still making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously remain clear and fully audible. Overall, this is a top notch 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers splendidly throughout and does a great job of complimenting the onscreen journey.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Let Him Go’ includes a few decent extras in the way of some Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘The Making of Let Him Go’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length), ‘The Blackledges: Kevin Costner and Diane Lane’ (running approximately 4 minutes) and ‘’Lighting the Way: Thomas Bezucha’ (approximately 3 minutes).
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Film Rating: 9.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
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