The Feel-Good Movie of The Summer
Blinded by the light is a moving journey of self-expression. Tune into a catchy rock soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen working class anthems. A British teenager of Pakistani origin fights against the limits of his culture and racial persecution in an economically depressed city. Fantastic, fantastic, musical, dramatic, and uplifting romance, director Gurinder Chadha uses creative filmmaking to explore the desires of the human heart. Blinded by the Light is sublimely poetic. A terrible finish brought me to tears.
Blinded by the Light takes place in 1987 in Luton, England. The shy and introspective Javed (Viveik Kalra) chafou under the rules of his oppressive father (Kulvinder Ghir); who does not believe that Pakistanis can ever be treated equally in Britain. He wants his son to study hard and find a respectable career. Javed hides his poetry from his parents. His only freedom is to write the lyrics of a group of synth-pop friend (Dean-Charles Chapman).
Javed is also banned at school. He is spit and targeted by racist local skinheads. A fateful meeting with Roops (Aaron Phagura), a Sikh student, changes the life of Javed. He gave Bruce Springsteen's albums "Born in the USA" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town". The Boss responds to Javed's deepest fears and hopes for a better life. He is finally able to show his writings to a benevolent teacher (Hayley Atwell) and continue his crush on social activists (Nell Williams). Javed's new liberation will soon come into conflict with the truths of his reality.
Blinded by the light has no standard narrative. Gurinder Chadha ( Bend it Like Beckham Bride and Prejudice ) incorporates many fantastic elements to illustrate Javed's awakening. Springsteen's words revolve around his head as he listens. Several scenes are transformed into music videos, where Javed and his friends run in town or imitate other films like The Breakfast Club . Chadha uses the production of Bollywood style movies to lighten the heavier themes. His approach works most of the time, but one must recognize that it is long. The song and dance numbers could have been reduced.
Blinded by the Light says more than the story of Javed. Gurinder Chadha is masterful in his description of time and place. Luton was supposed to be a step forward for Javed's family. The film explores the consequences of job losses for the community. A declining economy has made Pakistanis scapegoats for their discontented neighbors. It also shows the shame felt by Javed's father when the family sinks into overwhelming poverty. Javed is defeated by guilt. How can he pursue great personal dreams when his family suffers? Chadha is unshakable in this regard. Javed's choices are not easy. Blinded by the Light is dramatic.
The music of Bruce Springsteen is the fuel that powers Blinded by the Light . Songs that are considered essentially American have no cultural or geographical boundaries. The love, loneliness and fate of the poor are universal for humankind. Pakistani and Sikh teens in England are facing the same problems as those in Springsteen's hometown of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Their openness to a different perspective led to the discovery of a spirit of kinship. This is the biggest lesson of the film and it is desperately needed in these modern times that divide. Blinded by the Light is produced by Bend It Films and Ingenious Media with a cast of Warner Bros.
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