The negative review comes from in the Arkansas Times ‘Rock Candy’ blog. The movie opened at the Little Rock Film Festival on Wednesday night June 1, 2011. Lindsey Millar likes the views of Arkansas sites filmed by director Harry Thomason a native of the state. The movie was entirely shot in Arkansas.
But as for the film itself, she’s not too pleased.
Otherwise, I can’t think of any other reason to recommend this fictionalized take on the last days of Hank Williams. There’s no character development. No conflict that’s not formulaic. And the only action — some wild highway driving and a bar fight — looks like something out of a “Dukes of Hazzard” episode.
Meanwhile, I had a comment from someone who saw the film, which was posted on one of my earlier articles about ‘The Last Ride’. Foxy Lady likes the Arkansas settings and finds the overall theme quite acceptable.
You have to give Last Ride credit for making the period correct in buildings, clothes, and the old cars were great. We loved seeing the Round Top Oil Station (how many are left like that), the small church with old wood pews, it all looked like it was perfect locations for the film. Lots of films leave you wondering what happens next but no cliff hanger here, he dies after living a sad life trying to make his fans happy. We need to respect that.
Give it a chance you may really like it, we did.