LET HIM GO Directed by Thomas Bezucho Starring: Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lesley Manville We’re trying to locate a Donnie Weboy. He married our son’s widow. - George Blackledge
A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson. The themes that run through the veins of this movie are regret and redemption and builds itself up into a grown-up drama that we rarely see nowadays.
George (Kevin Costner) and Margaret (Diane Lane) play a retired sheriff and his horsewoman wife living on a Montana ranch in the early 1960s. Working with Cinematographer Guy Godfree, director Thomas Bezucho lets the viewer luxuriate in the endless, blue skies enhanced with white fluffy clouds. Diane Lane and Kevin Costner share a strong and seamless connection as a long-married Midwestern couple. The comfort of their mundane, daily interactions provides the foundation for the way they’ll ultimately fight for each other for when the time comes. At the beginning of the film, the Blackledges share their modest home with their son James (Ryan Bruce), his wife, Lorna (Kayli Carter) and their infant son, Jimmy. But when James dies in a horseback riding accident, their insular, peaceful world is shattered. A few years later, Lorna remarries a Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain), but it’s obvious from their dour civil ceremony and the way she offers her cheek when he tries to kiss her lips that this is a union of necessity. A chance encounter in town soon afterward, when Margaret witnesses Donnie’s casual cruelty, makes it clear that her grandson is in danger. The scene is wordlessly staged from afar through the windshield of her wood-panelled station wagon giving the scene a moment of startling power. The movie is a family drama based on a novel by Larry Watson and adapted for the screen by Bezucho. Margaret is dominant while George has settled into a life of keeping his head down and from stopping his wife from stirring up a hornet’s nest. 8