Let Him Go: Film Review

Let Him Go

Man of Steel stars Diane Lane and Kevin Costner reunite once again to play a couple determined to rescue their grandson in the thrilling neo-western Let Him Go.

Set in 1960s Montana, the film follows retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) as they mourn their son James. A few years after his death, their daughter-in-law Lorna (Kayli Carter) marries Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain), and one day, they mysteriously disappear from town with the Blackledges’ three-year-old grandson in tow. Knowing how abusive Donnie can be towards his wife and stepson, the Blackledges go on a journey to track Jimmy down and take him away from the dangerous Weboy clan, headed up by Blanche (Lesley Manville).

Let Him Go has moments of being completely thrilling, tense, and gripping, particularly during scenes in which the Blackledges are in the same room as Blanche and her boys, because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. Blanche seems nice as pie on the surface but you know she wouldn’t think twice about killing somebody over a small issue. She is not one to be messed with, but she has met her match with the steely and determined couple.

Unfortunately, not all of the film is like that. At almost two hours, Let Him Go is about half hour longer than it needs to be and if it were a bit snappier, it would have kept up that thriller feel, but it is weakened by too many flashbacks of the Blackledges with their son when he was younger. I understand that Thomas Bezucha used this device to make the movie more poignant but these slow dramatic moments distract from the main event. And one other random criticism – I found some scenes too dark. Yes, this happens in scenes set at night but we need to be able to see what’s going on. I found this very bizarre and frustrating.

Manville is the star of the show here, without a doubt. She commanded my attention from the opening shot of her character – I just didn’t expect her to look like that – and she held it every time she was on screen. She just exudes power, danger, and you cannot relax when she’s in the room. Lane and Costner do just fine as the stoic couple wanting to do right by their grandson but Manville has the showier part. I also really liked Carter as Lorna, I thought she was just lovely.

Let Him Go really excels in certain tense moments so it’s just a shame it didn’t sustain that for the whole running time.

In cinemas from Friday 18th December

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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News Round-Up: Josh Brolin, JT & Lady Gaga

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Josh Brolin 

Actor Josh Brolin is getting a divorce from his wife of eight years, Diane Lane. It was first reported in US Weekly and the couple’s rep confirmed the sad news. Brolin, who was most recently in Gangster Squad married actress Diane (who was nominated for an Oscar for 2002’s Unfaithful) in 2004. This was their second marriage and they do not have any children together.

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Wiz Khalifa

Rapper Wiz has finally become a father to a baby boy today after his girlfriend, Amber Rose, finally gave birth- it feels like she has been pregnant forever. The boy is called Sebastian and already has a nickname! Wiz revealed all on Twitter: “Happy Birthday Sebastian “The Bash” Taylor Thomaz!!! Everyone welcome this perfect young man into the world.”

Wiz, real name Cameron Thomaz, also updated his feed on his boy’s progress: “Thanx for all the love guys. Bash took his first poop, had a good meal now he’s peacin.” LOVE IT.

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Justin Timberlake

Justin has announced that he will be appearing on the Jimmy Fallon show every day for a whole week, which is the first that has ever happened with an artist. This will happen on the week starting the 11th March. The weekend before, Justin will be hosting Saturday Night Live. This guy has been so busy since new year!

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Lady Gaga

Gaga has gone into surgery today to sort out her hip. The singer had to cancel the 20 remaining dates of her Born This Way Ball tour after suffering from inflamed joints. She was in so much pain that she couldn’t walk and had to use a wheelchair, which she called Emma.

Before she went in, she wrote a sentimental blog post to her fans, thanking them for their support: “Monsters, You really gave me a lot of strength today. As they wheeled me into surgery today, I thought about all of your pain and perseverance,  your unique family situations, school environments, health issues, homelessness, identity struggles — sometimes you are so brave that it terrifies me. I wonder how it’s even possible.”

She continued: “So I thought to myself, I’m alive, I’m living my dream, and this is just a bump in the road. I’m grateful because this is temporary, and for some it is not. You have changed my life. I love you and am proud to be a part of your lives. If you can do it, I can do it too, and if we stick together we can get through anything. Love, Gaga.”

Damn, that was some speech!