Blu-ray Review: The Last Ride – the story of Hank Williams

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The Last Ride Blu-ray - it's about Hank Williams>

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me The Last Ride Blu-ray for review on my movie blog. The movie is about country legend Hank Williams’ final days. The film starts off slow, but gets better as the story progresses. I like the movie, but it took some time before the characters grew on me. The Last Ride is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

The 411 for The Last Ride

The story A nineteen year old kid and Hank Williams goes on a road trip
Appropriateness for children There is some profanity, but it’s OK for children. No nudity or sexual content.
  • Characters grow on you
  • Songs in the bar
  • Hank Williams doesn’t sing in the movie
  • Doesn’t reveal much about the singer’s past
Rating PG-13 for thematic elements, some language, a fight and smoking
Runtime 104 minutes
Genre Drama

Music’s original bad boy
The Last Ride is a story of Hank Williams, the country singer icon. Actually, it’s a story of his last few days before his death. In the film, a young man is hired to drive Hank to a concert. They have to travel several hundred miles by car and be at the concert by a certain time and date. Unfortunately, Hank keeps getting drunk and slows down their travel.

No singing or glory days
As I mentioned previously, The Last Ride is about the final days of Hank Williams. And the film delivers in that respect. However, I was expecting flashbacks to show how he became a county legend. In fact, the movie doesn’t even show Hank singing. There is music playing in the background in some scenes, but I don’t think you actually hear his songs until the credits. Note: I don’t know much about Hank Williams.

The characters grow on you
At first, I didn’t really care about the main characters in the movie. But they eventually grew on me and made the film more interesting. The two main characters were played by Henry Thomas (Hank Williams) and Jesse James (Silas – the driver). Kaley Cuoco had a small part in the movie, but I enjoyed her character (Wanda). She liven up the story. The Last Ride also featured Fred Dalton Thompson (O’Keefe), Stephen Tobolowsky (Ray), Ray McKinnon (Stan), Rick Dial (Dirty Black John), James Hampton (Judge Matheny), Will Koberg (Leroy), Matt Lindahl (guitar player), Gary Newton (usher), and Jennifer Pierce (woman in the bar). The movie was directed by Harry Thomason.

The Last Ride Special Feature
The Blu-ray and DVD only include one special feature: A Look Inside The Last Ride. It’s a 5-10 minutes feature that show the actors talking about the film.

More info: The Last Ride


One thought on “Blu-ray Review: The Last Ride – the story of Hank Williams

  1. Being a country music fan this movie interests me, but I am suprised that there is no singing. Who do you make a movie about a singers last days, and don’t show anything singing or things about how he got there. Suprising.

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