From the reviews, I knew that this movie wouldn't be phenomenal, however, I still wanted to see it due to its talented cast. Much as I had heard, the cast gave extremely good performances, but the writing of the film was pretty lackluster.
While interesting, the film was rather jumbled and rushed. The film often skipped periods of years, throwing us into events with little explanation of their causes. The result ended up feeling hectic, with random scenes of Hank's life thrown together to form a story that is only somewhat comprehensive. The ending is also extremely rushed and unsatisfying, not causing as emotional of a response as should be necessary.
The acting of the film, however, was extremely strong, almost making up for the disappointing writing. Hiddleston gives an extremely good and believable performance, which shows his range. I don't understand how some people criticized his performance, even after seeing it. Elizabeth Olsen gives a very good supporting performance, too. The rest of the cast is also good, but not nearly as prominent as the two above stars.
The cinematography of the film was a bit amateurish. The film had a lot of continuity errors, including breaking the 180˚ rule, with no apparent justification. The music of the film, however, was as good as can be expected for fans of Hank Williams (obviously), and Hiddleston had a surprisingly good singing voice.
So overall, "I Saw the Light" isn't great, but it isn't horrible either. It is entertaining enough, and is worth watching for the great performances by Hiddleston and Olsen.
I Saw the Light
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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