I Saw The Light tells the story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
There was a lot of initial publicity for this film towards the end of last year and a little into the start of this year but after that, there was nothing to be heard. There’s a definite reason for that because the script was just weak and the writers didn’t have skills to really craft a film to the chops of Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston.
Of all the film could focus on, they had to focus on their relationship, which is fine as Walk The Line was a perfect example of how to deal with a relationship between an influential musical couple with actual chemistry between the leads, but his music is hardly touched on. Hank Williams’ music is what made him so colourful and interesting yet it was what let the film down along with the fact Olsen and Hiddleston have absolutely no chemistry.
The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of Our Lives have better chemistry and story lines in all their ridiculousness.
All I know is that Tom Hiddleston has made a series of bad film decisions in recent years yet still has the unflinching support of his fans. He’s a brilliant actor, especially when performing the work of Shakespeare (and much better than his counterpart Benedict Cumberbatch). Even though Hiddleston does an amicable job with the small singing portions of the film, absolutely nothing in this film makes you want to see it so hopefully it gets buried so another team of filmmakers with more experience and knowledge of the musician that was Hank Williams so that he can have a more deserving life on the screen.