The final days of Hank Williams.
The final days of Hank Williams.
I enjoyed this film more than I expected-- probably because it stayed away from easy choices that likely would have satisfied more broad audiences. From what I've read directly from Charles Carr, who was Hank Williams' driver on that ride, the film stayed reasonably close to the fact of the trip.
While this is well known story of Hank Williams last night on earth it manages to not get too loose with the facts or too glamorous of a tale.
I enjoyed this, my only wish is that Hank played at least one song..
Kind of seems like a Hallmark channel film, but with a certain amount of love for Hank Williams and the music of his era. Since most of it takes place in a car, I didn't know if I needed almost 2 hours of it and this seems more apparently when the Priceline girl shows up. One could certainly watch worse and I'd say it's alright for a rental.
The death of country songwriting legend Hank Williams has been the stuff of legend since it was announced on January 1, 1953. Controversy surrounds the actual cause and time of death, which likely occurred sometime the day before in the back seat of a Cadillac in Virginia on the way to a New Year’s Day show.
The Last Ride, a romantic “what-if” version of the story starring Henry Thomas as Hank Sr. is out now on Blu-ray and is interesting only as a cultural artifact.
The movie, written by Howard Klausner and Dub Cornett, takes so many liberties with the story of Hank’s fateful journey with a college student named Charles Carr that it renames him Silas and has…
The two lead actors do a fine job, especially Henry Thomas as a unpleasant and deeply cynical Hank Williams. Jesse James seems real and understated. The production value is okay for a low budget film... except for one thing: terrible greenscreen for all of the shots inside the car. All the car scenes (and there's quite a bit) are filmed in the most fake looking stage with the worst greenscreen containing images of the road behind them. Anything good built up in the film is repeatedly yanked away by the atrocious rear projection and identical straightforward camera setups, which has the effect of making the film look like the lowest grade TV production. It really does a disservice to Thomas,…
Hank Williams is the one I cite as my favorite singer, period. I was exposed to the man's beautifully written, elegantly sung music several years ago, mostly from my grandfather - a connoisseur of classic country - and haven't stopped listening since. His songs possess a uniformed honesty and emotional resonance that is greatly lacking in every genre of music today, regardless of what you're a fan of. His music hits the warmest notes along with the coldest notes, turning every song-topic into a ballady, poetic work of incomparable and, for the time, subversive art. He is a singer that, in my opinion, contributed more to a genre in sixteen years than some artists do in a lifetime in the…
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