I Saw the Light


Review: This is a US biographical drama about the country singer Hank Williams. It touches his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Director: Marc Abraham
Actors: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen and Maddie Hasson
Year: 2015
Genre: Biography, Drama and Music
Conclusion: 2/5
The most I got out of this film was the first 15 minutes. Other films similar to this are Ray (2004) or the film Walk the Line (2005) but with this it just doesn’t know what to do. It is almost trying too hard to be something it isn’t. I didn’t know what it was trying to get at. There was almost too much storyline. It also kept on going backwards and forwards and in the end I got confused as to what was going on. I do admire Tom Hiddleston for doing this film and he is such a great talented actor. He performed all his own vocals himself. To get into shape for the film he ran 10 miles and cycled 15 miles everyday. I just didn’t find it engaging at all. I didn’t care about the character. In this there was just something missing for me. Elizabeth Olsen is a great actor but and I would have liked to have seen more of her. At the box office this took $1.8 million and was a $13 million budget. This means that it was one of the biggest flops of 2015. I enjoyed it right at the end where the credits come up and you saw the real footage of Hank Williams. One thing that astonished me was that Hank Williams was only 29 when he died but yet he achieved so much in that short time that he had.  


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