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Monday, March 21, 2016

I Completely Forgot That I Even Watched I SAW THE LIGHT

I like Tom Hiddleston. Actually, I love Tom Hiddleston. Hank Williams? Eh, I've heard of him. I know he was--and still is--beloved. And...that's about all I know about Mr. Williams (sorry, country fans). So, I am not ashamed to admit that I really only watched I SAW THE LIGHT because of Hiddleston.

Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to actually talk about the movie, a biopic on Williams, his tumultuous relationship with his wife Audrey Mae Williams (Elizabeth Olsen), and personal struggles with addiction. Well, I hated it. It's just not good. It's standard. If you know and followed Williams's career, nothing that happens in this film will be a particular revelation to you. Nothing even surprised me, and I didn't know anything about him. It's because the movie is your typical fast fame, womanizing, epic downfall musician story that we've seen a million times before. Walk away, kids. There's nothing new to see here.

As for Hiddleston, he's decent, despite the mind-numbingly bland screenplay by first-time screenwriter Marc Abraham (who also directed the film). But Hiddleston's chameleon-like charm is suppressed here. Basically, anyone could have played the role and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference. There's no inflection, no quirk, nothing special about neither the performance nor the story.

And that goes for Elizabeth Olsen too, who is nothing to write home about either. The dismissed, feisty, wifey performance has been done to death (most notably by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line), and it continues to fail to impress me. I need more.

I SAW THE LIGHT is one of those films that is instantly forgettable and a complete waste of talent from both Hiddleston and Olsen. How boring.

Rating: D (* out of ***** )

Watch a clip from the film:

I SAW THE LIGHT is in theaters Friday. 


Brittani Burnham said...

The name of this review cracked me up. I love me some Hiddles and Olsen, but I remember this getting really bad reviews at Toronto, so I never tried to watch it. I'm not really familiar with Hank Williams either, though I do know a few of his son's songs.

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