Tom Hiddleston Weekend – I Saw the Light (2015)

Director: Marc Abraham

Writer: Marc Abraham (Screenplay) Colin Escott, George Merritt, William MacEwen (Book)

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones, Maddie Hasson, Wrenn Schmidt, David Krumholtz

 

Plot: The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacks That Interest Factor

 

Story: I Saw the Light starts as we see Hank Williams (Hiddleston) slowly making his name in the music industry in the mid 40’s, his new marriage to Audrey (Olsen) does get questioned because she doesn’t have the singing voice he does and this shows early on when he must decide whether to supporting her singing or make his own career.

We follow how Hank continued to rise in fame but struggled with his own alcohol problems, his rocky marriage and his womanising, which led to his early death.

 

Thoughts on I Saw the Light

 

Characters/PerformanceHank is the famous country singer who rose to fame in the late 40s to become an icon, he has his own personal demons of drinking, womanising and rocky marriage. Audrey is the wife of Hank, she does want to be part of the singing but she doesn’t have the talent Hank has with brings a strain to their marriage.

Performance wise, well where do we start? Hiddleston is fine in this role as is Olsen and do the best with what they can with the story.

StoryNow I like watching bio-pics even if I don’t know who the film is centred around. I don’t know who Hank Williams is or what his most famous song was which I am not using as an excuse for not enjoying this film. I found the story way too long with very little happening and no focus on the music Hank has been making.

Biography/MusicThe story telling takes away from where the bio-pic side of the film should be focusing on where the music is all fine without being anything special.

SettingsThe settings are all fine for the time period in question which is all we need from the story of late 40s early 50s.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very weak bio-pic that doesn’t give us enough to like about the musician Hank Williams to look back and go, he was an interesting guy. The storytelling side of the film comes off confusing and doesn’t give us enough time on the music side of the film.

 

Overall: Weak bio-pic that lacks everything that is needed.

Rating

 

 

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Sausage Party (2016)

sausageDirector: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir (Screenplay) Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek

 

Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Adult Animation

 

Story: Sausage Party starts as we meet all our food in the supermarket as they all wait to get to the great beyond outside the store. We meet the main sausages Frank, Carl and Barry as they are looking to impress the buns on the shelf next to them.

When their moment gets chance to leave Frank and Brenda get left behind in a shopping store accident the pair must work with the rest of the products to learn their existence in the world teaming up with a flat bread named Lavash and a bagel named Sammy.

Sausage Party is a perfectly placed adult animated film that is one of a few that simply should never be watched by children. Every single joke is only for adults which works but it also holds this film back with a series of repetitive sex jokes that get old very quickly. The overall story feels like the first nursey scene in Toy Story 3 as we see the horror of what something innocent will see how humans act. We do get a thin sub-plot about religion going on but doesn’t get enough time to come through.

 

Overall: Fun adult comedy that works if this is the style of humour you enjoy.

Rating70

 

 

Top 5 David Krumholtz Roles

David Krumholtz always seems to come in a film as a supporting role in films he usually gets some of the most laughs. With 77 credits to his name on IMDB I am going to pick my favourite roles.

5. Benji Austin – Superbad (2007)

5

Only a small part but gets some laughs from a comedy fest.

4. Goldstein – Harold & Kumar Series

4

One of the two Jewish friends of the heroes that always pop up in the adventure and change over the series of films.

3. Charlie – Numbers (2005-2010)

3

Charlie is a numerical genius who helps his detective brother solves crimes with numbers and statistics. With over 100 episodes the show was a hit and entertaining.

2. Michael – 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

2

Part of the Modernism of Shakespeare play, Michael is a supporting character who shows the new guy around as well as being the man with the plan to help him get the girl.

1. Mr Universe – Serenity (2005)

1

Mr Universe is Captain Mal’s contact with knowledge covering all over the universe. He adds laughs to a serious situation as well as becoming a hero in his final moments.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This modern take on the Shakespeare play ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’.

This follows a group of teenagers through school. When new boy Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) starts up at the school he sees Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) he falls in love. There is a problem with anyone who wants to date Bianca and that is her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) a very angry young lady and their father put a rule on when Kat dates Bianca cane date.

Cameron and Michael (David Krumholtz) come up with a play to trick popular boy Joey (Andrew Keegan) to pay Patrick (Heath Ledger) to date Kat, opening the door for Bianca to date.

Can Patrick tame the shrew?

This is a very good teen comedy filled with young too be star actors in Ledger, Levitt, and Stiles. The story is nicely put together and creates characters that are the good ones are liked and the bad ones are disliked. It also has a very nice soundtrack which keeps the montage scenes going very well. There are some very memorable  scenes including the moment where Patrick sings from a crowd to Kat, very funny and heart felt performance.

My rating 88%

Serenity (2005)

Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Krumholtz

Starting out with Simon (Sean Maher) rescuing his sister River (Summer Glau) from the Alliance only for the Alliance to send out a ruthless assassin simply known as the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to catch River any means necessary.

Simon and River are aided by rebel crew of the Serenity lead by Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion). The crew includes second in command Zoe (Gina Torres) who also fought in the rebel alliance war along side Mal and married to the pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk) who is the guy who people go to for a decent heart to heart. Engineer Kaylee (Jewel Staite) who has a way with being able to fix all problems the ship encounters. Jayne (Adam Balwin) is the main tough guy figure who really is a bit of a softy.

After discovering River is a reader of minds Mal sets out on a job to rob a bank containing Alliance money but the carnivorous Reavers start arriving in the town leading to a spaceship race to escape from being eaten alive. After the escape River starts talking about Miranda and learning that this is a distant planet the crew of Serenity set of a dangerous mission to discover the truth. Meeting old friends Companion Inara (Monena Baccario), Shepherd Derrial Book (Ron Glass) and Mr Universe (David Krumholtz).

After Firefly the TV shows was cancelled and gained cult following Serenity was made, Almost like a follow up with chapters between missing like why Inara and Shep are no longer part of the crew. The story involving River more than the whole team. We still get to see how strong a captain Mal is showing all range of emotions from start to finish.

Joss Whedon brings us his take on space genre and his views are different to what we are used to including the no explosions in space and no aliens give this a more human almost realistic feel adding in the idea the words are not modern tech worlds rather old western like towns giving this the sci-fi western genre name.

Great story with twists and strong protagonist and villains giving this simply put under performer a bad name but can easily be considered as strong as the big name sci-fi Star Wars and Star Treks on a story line and character development basis.

If you do find you enjoy this movie i strongly recommend you try to see the fourteen episodes of Firefly and you will learn the love the characters even more.

My overall rating a brilliant sci-fi adventure 94%