The Hank Williams bio pic covering the last 3 days of his life has earned a positive review by Kerry Lengel in the Arizona Republic Newspaper.
Lengel sees right away that this not really a Hank Williams biography and has little to do with his music, but, as others have said as well, is more of a “gloomy buddy road trip flick”.
But Lengel sees a lot more positives than many other critics I have talked about on this blog.
He calls the movie starring Henry Thomas as Hank “a subtlety affecting character study”. He says, “Hank longs for a simple human connection”.
I liked this comment about Thomas who he says does not attempt to imitate Hank Williams physically, but does, ”immerse himself in the character he’s been given: old before his time, with a mean streak to match his ego and alienated from all humanity, including himself.” Not everyone would agree with this gloomy depressing insight into Hank’s character and the pain of his short life here on earth, but there is an element of truth in it.
A final quote from the review continues this theme: ” ‘The Last Ride’ measures the distance between the myth and the man. And if that doesn’t make for the cheeriest of viewing experiences, it does offer an alternative to the easy sentimentality that powers the biopic formula.”
As far as we know the movie will open in a more general release, and is not yet available in DVD.