Fans of “Yellowstone” are used to seeing Kevin Costner be the leading man of the Dutton ranch and gallop through the Montana mountains.
While the drama series is waiting on its Season 4 release, there are plenty of other angsty and drama-filled Costner movies to watch. His newest film, “Let Him Go,” is an awe-worthy thriller starring Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lesley Manville, Kayli Carter, Jeffrey Donovan, Will Hochman, and Booboo Stewart.
The film premiered on Nov. 6. It tells the story of a sheriff, played by Costner, and his wife who are still coping with the loss of their son in an accident. Together they leave their Montana ranch (not on horseback, sadly) to go save their grandson from an evil step-family who have him captured.
Besides the basics, here’s everything to know about Costner’s newest role in Hollywood.
Filming Location and Screenplay
First off, the show was filmed in Alberta, Canada. Alberta is just north of Washington and Montana and features beautiful mountains and landscapes. The show began its photography in April 2019.
In 2013 Larry Watson released the novel “Let Him Go.” The movie is a good translation of the book. Some subtle changes were made, such as family backgrounds and time period. When director Thomas Bezucha took over the film he made it take place in the ’60s rather than the ’50s. Additionally, the two families, the Weboy and Blackledges, swapped the states they were from.
The story is also the same in its riveting tale of family and straight-up bloody violence. Both Kevin Costner and Diane Lane tap into a maternal and paternal sense of protection. She uses her dazzling charm, while he uses his stoic nature to set things right.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane Reunite
For Kevin Costner and Lane, “Let Him Go,” is not their first rodeo together. The two were the parents of Superman in the DC universe. They were in “Man of Steel” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
So, how did it feel to reunite beyond the world of Superman?
After only getting to spend a short amount of time together on the two previous films, “Let Him Go” was their eager opportunity to reunite in something much bigger. Both are of a similar age and have been acting and growing in the industry at the same time.
Lane was nervous that Costner would turn down the role and, in result, their opportunity to grace the screen together.
“I don’t think my heart could’ve handled it if he’d said, ‘no.’ You take a big risk on being rejected, but you know, nothing risked, nothing gained,” Lane said, according to an interview with Hollywood Reporter.
Both actors accepted after reading the screenplay. Lane said it was “one of the best screenplays I’ve read.” Costner had similar hope in the film.
“I think movies are at their best when they are surprising us, when they do take us some place we didn’t expect to go. When I read Let Him Go, I didn’t really know where it was going and when I started to feel it, hopefully the audience will start to feel it and it put a lot of dread in me. But I just kept reading, because I couldn’t stop watching a couple who were in love and were really going the wrong way,” Costner said.
Where to Watch and Reviews
The film currently has an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.7/10 on IMDb. Critics are saying the film, with its slow, deliberate, Western feels makes it stand out from other movies in the industry.
The movie also had President Barack Obama’s approval as one of his favorite films of 2020.
For fans of dramatic thrillers, family drama, some violence, and Kevin Costner, the film is now streaming. You can rent the movie on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, as well as other select streaming services.