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Blinded by the Light

Director Gurinder Chadha
Country UK, USA
Year 2019
Rating PG
Running Time 118
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“What Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham did for football, her effervescent latest does for Springsteen. And Sony Walkmans. And double denim. Blinded by The Light is about connecting with music in a way that finds you a tribe and respite from your worries. The film is set in a London suburb during the bleak end of Thatcher’s 1980s, and its hero, Javed (Viveik Kalra), is a British-Pakistani teenager who writes poetry, dreams of escape and gets his spirits crushed daily by his ultra-strict dad. Javed’s musical epiphany comes during the Great Storm of 1987, which has him spinning through the tempest, lost in The Boss’s tunes. With the lyrics pin wheeling across the screen, it captures the exhilarating eureka moment of discovery. Like the film, it’s a bit cheesy. And extremely hard to resist.” - Phil De Semlyen, Time Out