I Saw the Light (2015)

“Everyone has a little darkness in them. They may not like it. They don’t know about it, but it’s there. And I’m talking about things like anger, misery, sorrow, shame. And they hear it. I show it to them. And they don’t have to take it home. ” – Hank Williams

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of Country music legend Hank Williams.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for a while, yet only now finally found the time to watch it.

I’ve heard about Hank Williams and his songs yet knew practically nothing about his life.

Unfortunately, this is an extremely boring biopic that fails to live up to its potential in any way.

The film sports a great cast that is very talented including Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford.

Hiddleston is perfect in the lead role, but they never seem to find a way to really flesh out these characters and things suffer far too much for characters who feel too superficial.

The music is great and they find ways to present it well enough despite the fact that it feels a bit too disconnected from the story itself.

The choice to tell part of this story in flashback and part in a pseudo documentary style where characters are interviewed makes things even more difficult to follow the story as it moves along.

Bottom Line – Really boring biopic that had so much more potential than is realized. The cast is very talented and Hiddleston is great in the lead role, but the story isn’t able to flesh out the characters well enough and the whole movie suffers due to that.  The music is great and is presented really well, but it doesn’t manage to connect to the story which is quite a shame. The way that they chose to tell part as flashback and part as a pseudo documentary makes it even more difficult to follow the story properly.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During filming, Tom Hiddleston endeared himself to the cast and crew by serenading them at the piano between scenes. At wrap, each day, he graciously shook hands with everyone involved and thanked them for their work, from the janitor to his costars. His clear musical talent and unpretentious behavior on set quelled any suspicions that the Englishman wasn’t right for the part. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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