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A darn good adaptation of the book, which I liked so much! Diane Lane is perfect as Margaret Blackledge, the grandmother hell bent on getting her grandson back! When I read the book, I pictured Sam Elliot as George Blackledge, but Kevin Costner did a good job as George. And I think the little boy did a good job acting too! My only negative comment of the film, is that I liked the ending of the book much more. But this is a good film to enjoy!
Most enjoyable. Watch out for the seniors! Don't mess with family! I enjoyed this one a lot.
Better than I expected.
Leslie Manville steals the scenes she is in. The best character named Blanche since Vivian Leigh in A Street Car named Desire.
This is a good one, for these reasons:
1. Interesting story about "typical" people caught up in frightening and, ultimately, dangerous situation. No..not gangsters, spies, etc. Just..."extended family."
2. Good performances from all major players, especially Leslie Manville (Princess Margaret, The Crown) as the control-freak "in-law."
3. More than a good "plot," a great theme: life is...loss. Now, what are you gonna deal with it?
And good because of what it isn't: a comic book "super hero" movie.
In 2022-21, that's very good, indeed.
Love Diane Lane, love Kevin Costner. I didn't care much for this movie though.
Reminded me of The Hills Have Eyes except that the hillbillies here weren't quite as mutated.
I like Diane Lane as an actress - she is marvelous in this role. Overall I found the film much too violent for the idea of struggle for protecting a child. Kristi & Abby Tabby
TLPS says it all in his Feb 08, 2021 comment. Those North Dakota Weboy clan are scary but they did not count on the fearless Blackledges from Montana. An unexpected neo-western thriller, nearly on a par with No Country For Old Men (2007) .
When their late son's widow surreptitiously moves to North Dakota with her abusive new husband, Montana ranchers Kevin Costner and Diane Lane embark on a road trip to keep tabs on their young grandson. The family reunion doesn't go especially well; soon shotguns are a-blazing and butcher knives wielded. Until derailing in its implausible third act, director Thomas ("The Family Stone") Bezucha's adaptation of Larry Watson's 2013 novel is suitably gripping and impeccably acted (Costner and Lane are predictably aces, and Jeffrey Donovan, Will Brittain and a deliciously villainess Lesley Manville impress as the in-laws from hell). Bezucha also does a nice job of establishing the film's early-'60s setting without hitting you over the head with Boomer signifiers.