Cinephile № 859 “Let Him Go”

Nathan Box
3 min readNov 17, 2020

Recommendation: 3/5 Stars, STREAM

Plot: “A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.” -IMDB

Review: Starring Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Margaret and George Blackledge, “Let Him Go” begins with an accidental death as the Blackledge’s son is bucked from his horse. In the wake of his death, their daughter-in-law, Lorna Blackledge (Kayli Carter), remarries and takes her son to begin her new life in town and removed far from the farm of his grandparents.

As the family settles into a new sense of normal, Margaret heads into town one day. Sitting in her car, she watches as both her grandson and former daughter-in-law are struck and verbally berated. Frozen, Margaret can only watch in horror as the scene unfolds on the sidewalk. This scene shakes her to the core. In its aftermath, she decides to rescue her grandson and his mother. With George in tow, they discover the apartment where Lorna, her son, and her new husband were staying is empty. Determined to get them back, the Blackledge’s set out across Montana and into South Dakota in a desperate search.

Brilliantly, the tension in this film begins to slowly build as they get closer to the family home of the Weboy’s. After discovering the exact whereabouts of their grandson, the Blackledge’s are invited to see…