Blinded by the Light

Today I’ve watched Blinded by the Light, a film from the Writer/Producer/Director of Bend It Like Beckham.

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.

The characters are likeable and it was great seeing Rob Brydon (who I first saw in Gavin and Stacey, and cracks me up) as a market stall holder.

I only knew a couple of Bruce Springsteen songs including Dancing in the Dark. It was good to hear more, including the characters singing along at times.

The scenes with abuse towards the Pakistani Muslim’s including the riot on the daughter’s wedding day are shocking.

So too is the way people treat each other in general.  The expectation is we want the best for our family and friends, but relationships rarely run smoothly.  We know the theory but getting things right is a continual challenge.

I was going to score 6/10 to reflect the pace being slow at times, but upped to 6.5/10 as I enjoyed the ending (especially seeing photos of the real characters – it’s based on real life, and Javed has seen Bruce over 150 times).

Have you seen this film? Or other good ones recently? What did you think?

#BlindedByTheLight #BruceSprinsteen

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