Let Him Go

Featured In Issue 254, March/April 2021

WSR Score4.5
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In "Let Him Go," after their life is set off course following the tragic loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) leave their Montana ranch on a mission through the North Dakota desert to rescue their young grandson from a dangerous family living off the grid. Navigating tragedy and tumult, the couple soon discover that the Weboy family, a deep-rooted local clan led by ruthless matriarch Blanche (Manville) has no intention of letting the child go, forcing George and Margaret to ask how far they will go to fight for their family. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "The Blackledges: Kevin Costner & Diane Lane" (HD 04:14), "The Making Of Let Him Go" (HD 06:23) and "Liighting The Way: Thomas Bezucha" (HD 03:15), upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is set in the 1960s with a very realistic appearance set against beautiful scenery and sprawling open countryside. The color palette is extremely natural. Hues are weighted perfectly. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout. Contrast is well balanced with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation, and natural lighting, in both exterior and interior environments. Resolution is excellent and reveals fine detail in facial features, including skin pores, hair, and beard stubble, as well as clothing fabrics and object texture. This is a beautifully rendered picture that displays natural visual splendor. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is generally quiet with effective bolts of sound effects in dramatic segments. Subtle atmospherics are prominent and sound realistic, such as wind nuances. Sound effects are sharp and powerful, such as in a scene in which thunder roars and rain falls. The small orchestra is quietly soft with nuanced envelopment. Surround energy is subtly enveloping but effective. Deep bass delivers a dynamic effect during the more energized scenes such as trucks rumbling down roadways and gunfire. Dialogue sounds natural and integrated spatially. This is an effectively compelling soundtrack that excels in nuanced atmospherics. (Gary Reber)