“This is one of the most joyous and exhilarating movies you will see this year. There is so much passion flowing out from the music, screenplay, and acting.” — The Playlist
During the doldrums of the Thatcher years, there’s not much for bright teenager Javed to do in the drab factory town of Luton, England. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. When a friend gives Javed a Bruce Springsteen mixtape, he suddenly hears parallels to his own working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. He might not have been born in the U.S.A., but he was definitely born to run. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice, inspiring him to push forward and pursue his dreams, both of poetry and young love.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha, OBE (Bend it Like Beckham Movie) and based on The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s memoir, Greetings from Bury Park, Blinded By The Light Movie is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Special note for Springsteen fans: Blinded by the Light was made with Springsteen’s blessing and full access to his catalogue, which is richly represented here with a number of iconic hits. In fact, stay through the credits and hear the previously unreleased “I’ll Stand By You Always,” which Springsteen wrote for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone but which Chris Columbus wasn’t able to use.
“Blinded by the Light, at its very best, captures the experience of being a fan, the pure exhilaration of it, and the sense of your vision opening out to vistas beyond your horizon.” — Ebert Voices