Is their anyone greater than Burton Leon Reynolds Jr? No, there is not. Football superstar, turned actor Burt has done it all. From Deliverance, To Smokey and the Bandit, to Boogie Nights, and everything in between Burt is in my opinion the go to guy. Sadly he doesn't act as much anymore, and his carrier seems to be winding down, so its more than fitting that he's the star of The Last Movie Star
Burt plays Vic Edwards a former stuntman turned Hollywood superstar. He's retired now and essentially living out his life in an almost recluse state. He has no wife, he sure doesn't talk to any of his ex wives, no children, he just lives a quiet life away from the public eye, and actually seems to enjoy it that way. He does have one close friend named Sonny (played by Chevy Chase, in a surprisingly great turn)who he meets for lunch one day. Turns out that a small film festival in Nashville is going to honor Vic with a lifetime achievement award and Sonny convinces him to go and accept the award in person.
Sadly this is not the big Nashville Film Festival Vic thought he was going to. This is something fans have put together and are hosting it in a local bar. As if things could not get any worse VIc meets the woman who has been hired to take care of him that weekend, Lil, a pierced and tattooed woman played marvelously by Ariel Winter that Vic does not like. Unable to handle his surroundings Vic get drunk, throws a huge fit and demands that Lil take him to the airport.
But Vic ends up not going to the airport. He decides instead to take a road trip with Lil to Knoxville, the town he grew up in where he wants to see some of the people from his life he has unfinished business with.
Obviously this film was written with Burt in mind. The whole backstory of Vic is almost identical to Burt's real life in Hollywood. Lots of in jokes for fans are a pure treat. The Last Movie Star is not only touching, but a hilarious comedy as well. Burt does a great job, and its a shame he didn't get more to do, as the film clocks in at a lean 94min.
I had a great time watching this as it sadly does mirror real life in the fact that Burt Reynolds will probably not make many films anymore. He is such an amazing actor it was hard for myself as a fan to watch him fade from the limelight. His chemistry in this with Ariel Winter gives us a type of Road Movie that you just don't see anymore
The Blu-ray includes a few special features
The Best Is Yet To Come: Adam Rifkin on The Last Movie Star
Audio Commentary with Director Adam Rifkin
If your a Burt Reynolds fan, or just want to watch a good dramedy then The Last Movie Star is a film for you.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars