Adapted from Larry Watson’s novel with the identical title, the film reunites Lane and Costner after their teaming as Superman’s dad and mom in “Man of Steel.” Parenting is once more very a lot on their minds, though not like Ma and Pa Kent, the scenario right here is significantly extra grounded.
In a fast opening phase, the pair’s son dies, abandoning his spouse (Kayli Carter) and younger son. She shortly remarries, however not too lengthy after Lane’s Margaret is horrified to see the brand new husband hanging each of them.
Margaret is raring to intervene, however her husband George (Costner), a retired sheriff, adopts a extra cautious tone.
After the newlyweds abruptly disappear, Margaret and George finally find them and encounter the husband’s household, the Weboy clan. They’re a completely loathsome bunch, with a creepy uncle (Jeffrey Donovan) and even creepier matriarch (“Phantom Thread’s” Lesley Manville). All smiles by way of clenched enamel, it is clear they do not welcome the prospect of outdoor interference, creating stress about simply how confrontational the deadlock goes to grow to be, with a baby’s destiny hanging within the stability.
It’s round there the place “Let Him Go” — written and directed by Thomas Bezucha — confounds expectations, in principally the perfect of how.
Set within the early Sixties (roughly a decade later than the e-book’s time-frame), the movie possesses a powerful western sensibility with languid photographs of the heartland, dovetailing with Costner’s fondness for the style. He’s at his laconic greatest — his voice seldom rises above a low growl — however the film is basically Lane’s present, and he or she’s splendid as regular, portraying how the western-bred Margaret attracts upon reservoirs of power in her resolve to save lots of her grandson, the final connection to her baby.
The story does take a violent flip, however in an unconventional method. Ultimately, the true firepower resides within the performances, from the palpable sense of menace Manville initiatives to the straightforward devotion and tenderness that Lane and Costner exhibit towards the boy and one another. Theirs is a relationship the place small moments communicate volumes.
This is, admittedly, an odd time associated to how and the place folks will wind up consuming one of these small-boned film, however there’s at all times room for one more good one. “Let Him Go” won’t be tremendous, nevertheless it’s positively a visit value taking.
“Let Him Go” premieres in theaters on Nov. 6. It’s rated R.