I saw the light

Hank Williams has such a reputation as an influential singer-songwriter, that you are surprised to find out that he was only 29 when he died. Tom Hiddleston plays Williams as a seemingly simple and straightforward man. But Hank Williams died from alcoholism and addiction to morphine and the painkillers he was taking for a back ache. I saw the light is mostly about his relationship with his first wife, Audrey Mae Sheppard (a very strong turn by Elizabeth Olsen). Sheppard used her marriage to Williams to launch her own career as a singer. That frustrated both Williams and his mother, Lillie (Cherry Jones). Friends and producers tell Hank that Audrey’s talent is limited, but she’s adamant: She wants to sing with him at his concerts. That insistence will eventually break up the marriage. After the divorce, Williams falls in love and marries Billie Jean (Maddie Hasson). That  marriage is short-lived as Hank Williams dies on his way to a concert. Beside dealings with his personal life, the film is uneventful. Williams cancelled several concerts because of his drinking. Although I certainly am not a Hank Williams expert, I found Hiddleston’s vocals impressive. Country music star Rodney Crowell is producing the music and it is the best reason to see I saw the light.
Rémi-Serge Gratton
I saw the light
Directed by:
Marc Abraham
Screenplay by:
Marc Abraham
Based on Hank Williams: The biography by Colin Escott
Tom Hiddleston
Elizabeth Olsen
David Krumholtz
Maddie Hasson
Bradley Whitford

123 min.

Rated 14A


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