Okay, so here are some more put together thoughts about the movie. Although honestly this will probably be more about the performances in the film rather than the film itself.
If you want a tl;dr version here is my final say: the movie really isn’t the best and suffers with poor editing and pacing. Also if you don’t know a lot about Hank and his life then you will be lost. Having said that the performances, especially Tom Hiddleston, is what shines in this and is a beautiful thing to watch. Do I love this film? No. But I will love the amazing and powerful performances that the actors gave us. It’s really about them, not the movie in and of itself.
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So first off this was the closing gala film of VIFF, so before the movie even started there were a lot of speeches and some awards handed out before the movie even started. It didn’t take too long, thankfully and before the film started they actually announced that Marc Abraham, the director of ISTL, was here and he came on stage to present it. I took a quick pic just for whatever reason:
Before that they announced they had a very special guest with them to present the film and I know that if homeboy wasn’t in London with High-Rise then I may have died of anticipation to know who it would be.
Anyway, on to the film. As I touched on the subject in my mini review post the film itself isn’t the greatest, unfortunately. It really does suffer from a lot of bad pacing and editing. I feel like this film is meant for really major Hank Williams fans who know about his life because there’s a lot they jump to though the years with no explanation whatsoever. A lot of parts I was left with ‘wait, what’s going on?’ or ‘when did he do that or get to that point’. The director explained it himself that this wasn’t about the stage or his singing career exclusively, but about Hank Williams and his life, about pulling back the curtain about who the man was.
Well they did it, but unless you knew some of it already it wouldn’t make sense. If you are a new fan to Hank Williams music or have been a casual fan and just listen to his stuff without knowing a lot about him, then I feel like this is where a lot of the problems lie. This is obviously a film where if you were a hardcore fan of his you would appreciate it a lot more.