Blinded by the Light
UK | 2019 | 114mins | M Offensive language
- Directed by Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘Bride & Prejudice’, ‘Viceroy’s House’)
- Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon
- Written by Gurinder Chadha, Sarfraz Manzoor, Paul Mayeda Berges (based on the memoir ‘Greetings from Bury Park’ by Sarfraz Manzoor)
- Drama, Music, Festival & Independent
Damn near irresistable
Steve Pond, TheWrap
1987, Margaret Thatcher’s England. Javed, a 16-year-old British Pakistani boy, lives in the town of Luton.
His father’s recent job termination and the neighborhood skinheads are a daily reminder of the difficult times he’s living in.
What young Javed really wants is to be a writer—something his father doesn’t approve of or understand—and when a new friend loans him a few Bruce Springsteen cassettes, Javed is changed forever.
The Boss’s working-class anthems and affirming lyrics seem to speak directly to Javed, emboldening him to find his own voice as a writer, stand up to the racism around him, and challenge his father’s rigid ideals.” (Sundance Film Festival)
Practically bursting with its love for Springsteen, the movie builds past its formulaic story when it captures the euphoria of singing a song you love.
Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com