“Sometimes that’s all life is, Margaret. The list of what we’ve lost.” – George Blackledge
Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – After the death of their son in an accident, a couple decides to seek out their former daughter in law and grandson after she gets into a bad marriage.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few weeks ago and was extremely interested in seeing due to the stellar cast.
The story is told in a very powerful way that leaves it’s mark on the viewer even days after watching.
They tell the story in a deliberately slow manner, yet that helps make things so effective in everything that happens along the way.
The cats is superb and both Kevin Costner and Diane Lane show that they can still be great lead actors after so many years.
The chemistry between them works really well in helping us believe everything as it transpires.
The motives of these characters are slowly explained and that enhances things even more as things unfold.
Love the way that this film goes into some very unpredictable territory long the way that adds so much to the suspenseful feeling of it all.
The choice to use the early 60’s as the backdrop for this story works really well in establishing the story and the times depicted because it allows for some plot elements to move in certain directions more fluidly.
This is based on a best selling novel and I am quite curious to try and find a copy to read because it’s such a fascinating story to tell.
The film’s message about family above all rings true throughout and helps make some of the scenes depicted even more poignant to watch and I can’t wait to see this again soon.
Bottom Line – Amazingly powerful drama that works on so many levels. The story is told in a deliberately slow way yet is extremely effective in all that it does. Costner and Lane are superb together and really make us believe their characters, their relationship and their motives along the way. The story goes into some very unpredictable territory which allows for things to stay even more suspenseful as things unfold. The setting of the early 1960’s is superb to watch and it allows the story to unfold in some really fascinating ways. I’m now really curious to read the novel this film is based on. The message of the film is quite powerful and is all about family no matter what. Can’t wait to see this again because it’s really poignant in all that it does. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Larry Watson’s novel is set in 1951, and the couple lives in North Dakota and travels to Montana. The movie is set in 1963, and they live in Montana and travel to North Dakota. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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