I Saw the Light
Plenty of people are complaining about the casting of Tom Hiddleston as country singer Hank Williams, but that’s the least of this movie’s problems. In fact, that’s not really a problem at all. Hiddleston and Olsen’s performances are bright spots in a movie that’s lacking many positive features.
If you want to learn about Hank Williams, the musician, you’re going to have to wait for a different movie. Instead, I Saw the Light chooses to focus on Hank Williams, the alcoholic.
The movie absolutely basks in self pity. We get it, Hank Williams drank a lot and made controversial choices, but why does that have to be the primary focus of the film? It’s definitely worth including, but when the entire runtime is dedicated to watching Tom Hiddleston drunkenly stumble around things get a bit tiring.
The empty supporting characters also feel like an afterthought. Hiddleston and Olsen get plenty of screentime, but everyone else barely sticks around long enough to remember who they were. Despite the over two hour runtime, I Saw the Light still feels rushed. This is probably due to the fact that it’s so focused on one specific facet of Hank’s life.
I Saw the Light is a movie made up of missed opportunities. There are certainly things that work, but they’re outnumbered by the countless issues that are littered throughout the film. Even the most diehard Hank Williams fans will find the movie hard to appreciate.
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