"Protect Your Family at All Costs"
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LET HIM GO is a well-paced, dramatic thriller with excellent acting and strong positive values. The lead characters, played well by Kevin Costner and Diane Ladd, try to provide the best for their family, love one another well, care for their animals, and value protection. The movie also has a brief Christian comment about judgment and a conversation about preaching too much “fire and brimstone” and not enough grace. That said, although the antagonists also have family values, they’re warped and clearly can’t be trusted. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for strong violence and foul language.
LET HIM GO follows a retired Montana sheriff and his wife, who try to rescue their grandson and widowed daughter-in-law from her new husband’s abusive family in North Dakota. LET HIM GO is a well-paced, dramatic thriller with excellent acting and strong positive values, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for strong violence and foul language.
Set in the 1950s, LET HIM GO begins with a Montana family on their property. A retired sheriff named George and his son, James, take care of their horses before coming for an early breakfast with their wives and George’s grandson, Jimmy. Everything seems perfect, but it’s obvious that George’s wife, Margaret, oversteps some boundaries on parenting. Later that day, George goes out looking for his son, since his horse has come back to the property, but he’s nowhere to be found. When George follows the trail, he finds his son dead in a clearing.
Cut to a wedding. James widow stands before George and Margaret at a wedding ceremony where she marries another man named Donnie, whose family is from North Dakota. On a different day, Margaret sees Donnie and Lorna on the street with Jimmy. They all have ice cream cones, but young Jimmy accidentally drops his cone, and Donnie lashes out at him and Lorna physically. The incident horrifies Margaret.
Lorna and Donnie move back to North Dakota to be closer to Donnie’s family, taking Margaret and George’s grandson Jimmy with them. However, Margaret isn’t going to put up with Jimmy and Lorna get mistreated. She has the bright idea to go to North Dakota and seek Jimmy and Lorna out, to keep them safe and away from the belligerent Donnie.
Once Margaret effectively sways George to come along, they encounter a few people who know Donnie’s family. Can they help point them in the right direction?
Thankfully, George and Margaret do find Jimmy and Lorna in town, but now they must deal with Donnie’s possessive and physically aggressive family to get them back to safety.
Based on a novel by Larry Watson, LET HIM GO is a well-paced, dramatic thriller. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are well matched and play off well with one another in their shared screen time. Lesley Manville is very creepy as the matriarch who’s territorial over her family. The movie also has great costumes for the movie’s setting of the mid 1950s, with a solid soundtrack.
LET HIM GO has a strong moral worldview. The lead characters try to provide the best for their family, love one another well, care for animals, and value protection. That said, it’s clear that although the antagonists also have family values, they’re warped and clearly can’t be trusted. The movie has a brief Christian comment about judgment and a conversation about a father preaching too much “fire and brimstone” and not enough grace. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for older teenagers and adults for violence and some foul language.