Screened Out – I Saw the Light

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones

I Saw the Light opens April 1.

There’s a fascinating question anyone who knows of Hank Williams asks. How did this small-town Alabama boy create so many songs that influence country music still today? This disorganized, two-hour biopic doesn’t answer that. It concentrates on the non-musical parts.

Writer Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) fumbles his first time directing. Instead of the influences that shaped the artist, Abraham shows us the philandering, the drugs, the booze, and the dull stuff. Williams’ life was a typical country song, but that’s a boring film. How exactly he turned that messy life into memorable tunes remains a mystery.

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