The Last Ride: A Story of Hank WilliamsClosed Captioning
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In this powerful tale you’ll never forget, country music’s original bad boy, singer-songwriter Hank Williams, embarks on a remarkable journey that leads straight into the heart and soul of the legendary performer. The man, the myth and the music come together when Williams travels from Alabama to a series of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio...and takes one last shot at redemption.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 10
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: This one is for Hank Williams fanatics only, and Mr. Thomas puts a dark and subtle sheen on a disappointingly watery script.
Fresh: Bearing all the hallmarks of a small-budget labor of love, The Last Ride is a leisurely paced but modestly engaging road trip that gets considerable mileage from the byplay between its two lead characters.
Rotten: Dramatically thin, formally uninspired and thematically weak, "The Last Ride" really goes nowhere.
Fresh: It portrays Williams in a generally sympathetic light without whitewashing his vice-loving, belligerent ways or mythologizing them in a bid for postmortem psychoanalysis.
A Hidden Gem
I loved this movie. Henry Thomas deserved an Oscar. Jesse James played his role perfectly. Kaley Cuoco lit up the screen, while Fred Thompson commanded it. Benjy Gaither's music choices are powerful, especially Michael English's haunting version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". It's a shame this movie did not receive wider distribution, but I am so glad to have found it on iTunes.
I liked the movie and thought Mr. Thomas did a great job portraying Hank Williams. The movie would have been great if more of Hank's songs were played and if a performance or two or three was included.