Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt
OUR RATING: ★★½
Story: Biography written, directed and produced by Marc Abraham. The story centers on the life of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.
The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Verdict: This is one of those standard biopic movies that feels incomplete and just plain dissatisfying. Hiddleston gives a very strong performance as does Oleson, with Hiddleston also doing a nice job with his singing, but none of this makes it a movie worth watching.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 11)
Fred Rose: When he first came to see me he played some songs he’d written and I offered him a contract right then and there.
Audrey Mae Williams: Do you love me?
Hank Williams: Most of the time I do.
[referring to his newborn son]
Hank Williams: He’s gonna have real dad, not like it was for me.
Ellie: Who are you writing to, Hank.
Hank Williams: A little poem to the Lord.
Ellie: Why don’t you write me a poem?
Hank Williams: I might have to get to know you a little better.
James Dolan: There’s been a speculation about the hard lives that folk singers lead.
Hank Williams: What do you mean hard?
Audrey Mae Williams: [to Hank] You go out on the road and you sleep with a different woman every night.
Hank Williams: I need you with me.
Audrey Mae Williams: You think you can treat me right then?
Hank Williams: I can try.
Oscar Davis: Business is tough on marriage.
Fred Rose: Marriage is tough on marriage.
Audrey Mae Williams: [to Hank] You’re barely even here. You’re barely even a father now.
Hank Williams: Boy, I’m a professional at making a mess of things.
Hank Williams: Everybody has a little darkness in them. Now I’m talking about things like anger, sorrow, shame. I show it to ‘em, and they hear it and they don’t have to take it home.
James Dolan: Country music, it’s sincere.
Hank Williams: Man sings a sad song he knows is sad.
Hank Williams: I’m sorry, babe.
Bobbie Jett: Sorry for what?
Hank Williams: Everything.
Total Quotes: 11