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I Saw the Light (film)

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I Saw the Light (film)

Based onHank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott George Merritt William MacEwen
Box office$1.8 million
Budget$13 million
CinematographyDante Spinotti
CountryUnited States
Directed byMarc Abraham
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Edited byAlan Heim
LanguageEnglish
Music byAaron Zigman
Produced byMarc Abraham, Aaron L. Gilbert, Brett Ratner, G. Marq Roswell
Production companyBron Studios, CW Media Finance, RatPac Entertainment
Release dateSeptember 11, 2015 ( 2015-09-11 ) ( TIFF ), March 25, 2016 ( 2016-03-25 ) (United States)
Running time123 minutes
StarringTom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt
Written byMarc Abraham

Hank Williams was arguably the first modern superstar of country music. There is also a sense in which you could call him a rock star, and sense is a tragic one: he died on his way to a gig, of heart failure, after a short lifetime of not taking terribly good care of himself at 29. His songs remain country standards and, rightly so, but there is not much room for his haunted persona in contemporary country. William son, whose name you might be able to guess, projects much hairier and more rambunctious model and is, as such, more of an influence. I Saw Light, written and directed by Marc Abraham, is a never - less - than - handsomely - mount film biography of Williams; particularly outstanding cinematography is by Dante Spinotti, craftsman who also shot the likes Of Heat and LA Confidential. Williams is played by lanky, high - cheekboned British actor Tom Hiddleston, and he is a terrific physical match for the man himself, who has a perpetual lean - and - hungry look. Hiddleston's performance is a masterful one: understated, superbly modulate, empathetic. Hiddleston can also mimic William Yodel - inflected singing style, which brings the innovation of classic country warbler Jimmie Rodgers into a more pop - friendly realm, with impressive accuracy. While Hiddleston is standout performance, and why not, rest of the cast is formidable: Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and a host of others do superb work in the roles of spouse, mother, business associate, and so on. And yet the movie flounders. Williams was a serious alcoholic and eventually pain pill addict; his relationships with women were hectic, to say least; his massive talent was complemented in negative by a substantial and ever - increasing lack of ability to show any kind of responsibility. The messy specifics of William's adult life prove too intransigent for Abraham's abilities; writer - director can't make coherent art out of them. A key conflictat, least initiallyin William's first marriage, to Olsen Audrey Mae, has to do with her own singing ambitions. They are strong, but her talent is not, and this makes for a series of discomfiting scenes. Abraham's everyone - has - their - reasons sense of balance may be commendable on humanist grounds, and there is no compelling reason that Audrey Mae has to be villain in the scenario, but there is no effective tension here; drama is flat. Later in the film, when William's romantic imbroglios take on a nearly farcical pitch, he behaves with staggering callousness to one of his girlfriends and the movie can barely shrug its shoulders. Many opportunities for character illumination are fluff. In meeting with Hollywood movie mogul Dore Schary, Williams arrogantly refuses to take off his hat for the executive. The implication is that Tinseltown was too phony for Williams. Mere minutes later, Hank is doing some very cornball schtick with an overweight comic emcee on the Grand Ole Opry radio show. This suggests a dichotomy that might have been fruitfully explore. But it is not.

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Reception

Few movies in 2018 have been more divisive than Vice, writer - director Adam McKay's tale of the modern Republican Party as concentrated on the person of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Early reviews from critics were sharply divided between those who loved the film and those who despised it, as well as plenty who gave it mixed reviews. Of McKay's body of work, Vice has a lot in common with his previous film, 2015 Big Short, which was based on a book by journalist Michael Lewis about four men who saw the housing crisis looming and bet against the market. That movie was also met with divided critical opinions. But it was certainly a funny, angry film that offered an inside look at complicated issue, and made persuasive arguments that left the audience steaming. Vice is different, perhaps because everyone in it was public figure and is portrayed by some famous actor. Christian Bale plays Cheney, and he along with Amy Adams as Cheney's wife Lynne, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush take up most of screen time. But there was a parade of familiar supporting characters too, including Colin Powell, Scooter Libby, and Condoleezza Rice, as well as many senators, Congress members, Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, and others. The list goes on and on and on, with some folks just walking through scenes briefly like ghosts from the past. Watching Vice can feel like watching highlight reel from the late 20th and early 21st century, except not in a good way. And certainly, movie does not attempt to convert anyone to a new way of thinking; audience for this sort of film is likely already sympathetic to the most obvious of McKay theses, which is that Dick Cheney is a heartless guy. But there are other ideas at play here too.

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