I Saw the Light

Rated R 123 minutes 2016

Tom Hiddleston is not quite right in the lead role, but that’s not the worst thing wrong with writer-director Marc Abraham’s inert, static chronicle of country music idol Hank Williams. The dialogue is for zombies, and the film spends very little time on the musical pursuits — composing, recording, etc. — that made Williams beloved. Sad-eyed Elizabeth Olsen is watchable (barely) as Hank’s grumpy wife Audrey, with Cherry Jones as his controlling mother; Bradley Whitford as Williams’ mentor, music publisher Fred Rose; and Wrenn Schmidt and Maddie Hasson as two of Hank’s late-period paramours. For what it’s worth, Hiddleston does a passable job signing Hank’s hits — but he doesn’t possess the original’s high, lonesome moan, and he never will. Put it in the drawer with You’re Cheatin’ Heart (123 min.).

Film Credits

Official Site: sonyclassics.com/isawthelight

Director: Marc Abraham

Producer: Aaron Gilbert, Brett Ratner, G. Roswell, Marc Abraham, Patty Long, Jason Cloth, John Raymonds and James Packer

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson, Wes Langlois and Wrenn Schmidt


I Saw the Light

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