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I Saw the Light Movie Review

Updated on August 13, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

I Saw the Light tells the story of Hank Williams Sr, chronicling his struggle to fame along with his struggle with alcohol and drug abuse. The film isn't too graphic but it is intense in parts that detail what he went through. On top of the alcohol abuse, he had spina bifida, which means that there's a gap in the backbone which exposes the spinal cord. In extreme cases, this could cause paralysis. In Hank's case, though, it caused severe pain constantly, which led to him getting addicted to pills.

Alcohol and drugs weren't the only things on Hank Williams's mind. He had his music career and his wife Audrey, who wished for a music career but didn't have the voice for it. Hank's addiction to alcohol strained his relationship with his wife and with the studio that recorded him. Eventually, he left the studio and Audrey left him. Once he realized how alone he truly was without her, he went into rehab and won her back, soon having a son once they got back together. It wasn't long, though, until he wanted his alcohol back.

Tom Hiddleston performed remarkably well, transforming his British accent into a Southern accent. He even sang the songs as well, which impressed me. Altering your voice to have a different accent is impressive, but throwing your voice and singing in a different accent is something else entirely. Tom gets huge respect for his performance as well as his voice. Elizabeth Olsen was fantastic as Audrey, capturing her straightforward toughness and audacity.

In conclusion, I feel that this film did a great job capturing what Hank and Audrey went through. It was slow-paced which sometimes hindered the film and other times did it justice. Overall, I was pleased with the film so I give this movie a rating of 3 out of 4.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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