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Blinded by the Light (2019)Blinded by the Light (2019)

Blinded by the Light (2019)

Bruce Springsteen's music is a gateway from racism in this British comedy

Comedy, Drama

7.1

movie

France, UK

English

Feel-Good, No-brainer, Warm

2019

Female director, Gurinder Chadha

Aaron Phagura, Asheq Akhtar, Billy Barratt

114 min

Synopsis

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Our Take

7.1
Bilal Zouheir

The 1980s were not a great time to be of Pakistani descent in the UK. Hate crimes are at an all-time high and the economy is suffering. Plus, there is really no good era to be a misunderstood teenager. Javed is both those things in this coming-of-age comedy based on a true story. Javed finds solace in the music of one Bruce Springsteen, relating to his themes of small-city blues and the dreams of escaping them.

All of this makes Blinded By The Light a charming movie about a lot of unpleasantness, and while it tries to be too many things (a commentary on race, a musical, a coming of age story, etc), it succeeds where it matters: to treat the story with care and intelligence.

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