>>969 I don't know what my best part of it was. I can't even say TH because of the writing.
There were five people in the theatre (one couple, two singles an Yes, it was 10:00 on a Sunday night, but five is still piss-poor for any movie in NYC - no matter day or time. The place itself was fairly busy with only a few empty tables in the cafe and couches in the lounge.
Here's the rundown (SPOILERS - not really). Hank Williams: got married, loved his wife, had a baby, sang some songs, fell in love with a garage door, fought with his wife, did the dirty on his wife, used his hat as an accountant, drank, divorced his wife, got a second wife, had some back pain, died.
Editing - Everything was just chopped up like mince. There's no continuity. A scene would fade out and I'd be left thinking 'What did I get from that? How does this fit in with the story?' And then it would jump to a completely new, unrelated scene without any context from the previous one/s. The faux interviews and home movies don't really pull the story together - if they were even meant to. It's just a composite of scenes with no transition. This is worse at the start and gets better mid-movie.
Writing - God Almighty! I was cringing at nearly every section of dialogue. People didn't speak like that in the 1940/50s - people don't speak like that today. And surprise, surprise, the dialogue has no transition/flow - just like the editing. It jumps all over the place too.
Weather - Watch what MA does with weather and the story. It's a little hokey, but it's one of the few things that actually adds some depth to the movie.
Pace: Weird. So slow mostly (two hours seems like three). There are parts with momentum, but mostly it just drags.
Performances: THEO work with what they've got. Those of you who have trouble with the accents...you're not going to make it! Both TH and EO's voices started to drive me crazy at around the one hour mark. The crap dialogue doesn't help. They do have chemistry in that you believe the romantic parts and you believe their fights. Their performances are so heartfelt, you can tell they both pulled out all the stops acting wise and are just as let down by the script/editing as the audience. Despite her annoying character, at the end I felt more for Audrey than Hank - he didn't do right by her! TH may have sympathy for HW, but I didn't. TH's singing was very good as Whats said. They should have anchored the story around the songs/stage performances more.
Overall: To paraphrase the announcer at the end, 'This is the hardest thing I've ever had to say...you just wasted 15 bucks, 3 mini bottles of Chardonnay and two hours of your life on this movie.'