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Film Reviews Hank Williams bio-pic concentrates on the musician’s tumultuous marriage

Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.

Alan Markfield/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
I Saw the Light
Written by
Marc Abraham
Directed by
Marc Abraham
Starring
Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

I Saw the Light's title refers to one of his songs, but it's hard to believe that Hank Williams ever did see the light. Perhaps a better name for Marc Abraham's well-crafted biopic would be His Cheatin' Heart, for this motion picture concentrates on the marital distress between a philandering Williams and his flat-singing wife (played with vibrancy by Elizabeth Olsen). British actor Tom Hiddleston is compelling as Williams, the king of hillbilly music, noting that when he finds a note he's fond of, "I like to hang on to it." One might say the same about director Abraham. (14A) Brad Wheeler

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