I Saw the Light movie full length review - Great performance from Hiddleston but the movie was quite boring! 3/10
Review: For a movie that's about an iconic musical star, Hank Williams, it certainly was small in scale and the plot seemed to be going round and round in circles.
You don't get to see how famous Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) really became, because his life seemed the same throughout the film, even though he had over 35 top selling records and quite a bit of money in the bank. He made a majority of his earnings from touring, so when he was diagnosed with having severe back problems, he became depressed and he turned to alcohol for comfort. His womanising ways also put a heavy strain on his long time relationship with Audrey Williams (Elizabeth Olsen), and with the studios putting pressure on him to produce new songs, his life in the big time was quite depressing towards the end of his life. At 29 years old, his illness gets the better of him, and he dies in a car whilst heading towards a live performance. Its quite a sad movie about a talented man, even though I didn't really like his music but his yodelaying style, was truly unique and it always got the crowds going. Hiddleston put in a top performance, especially as he sung a lot of the songs himself but the film is quite boring because the director chose to concentrate on his relationships, more than his music. You don't get to find out that much about the man and his music, and although he had so many top hits, he didn't seem to change, in terms of the response from the public and his life style. Anyway, I wasn't that impressed with the structure of the end product but it's still worth a watch to see Hiddleston's performance. Disappointing!
Round-Up: With such a lose at the box office, Hiddleston seems to be struggling to hit the big time away from the Thor and Avengers franchise. At 35 years old, he has definitely become an household name as Loki, which he played quite well but Crimson Peak, High-Rise, Only Lovers Left Alive, War Horse and the Deep Blue Sea, have all been pretty mediocre after his new found fame. With 4 movies in the pipeline, which include Hard Boiled, Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island, he has plenty of time to prove that he can make it without the Avengers team behind him, and I can't wait to see a return of the Night Manager series, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anyway, this movie was written and directed by Marc Abraham, who also brought you Flash of Genius in 2008, starring Greg Kinnear. He's mostly known for producing movies, with hits like the Commitments, Air Force One, The Hurricane, End of Days, Spy Game, Children of Men, the Thing 2011, In Time, and Robocop 2014, tied to his name, so he obviously has worked on some big budget movies in his career but this movie was pretty poor. With Hank Williams music making such an impact around the world, this project really did need an established director to portray his interesting story, which was cut short due to illness.
Budget: $13million Worldwide Gross: $1.8million
I recommend this movie to people who are into their biography/music/dramas, starring Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson and Wrenn Schmidt. 3/10