Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

COMING SOON TO CINEMAS24 October 2019
Blinded by the Light

Drama illustrating the power of music, when a Pakistani teen living in grim Thatcher-era England discovers the working-class anthems of Bruce Springsteen. From the writer/director of Bend It Like Beckham.

"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)

2019114 minsUK
DramaMusicFestival & Independent
94%
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Stuff

Stuff

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This is the movie that the Beatles-based Yesterday should have been. A knockabout, musically literate yarn with its heart on its sleeve.

4.0
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FilmInk

FilmInk

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...part-musical, part-biopic, part-rom-com and all sheer bloody brilliance.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Combining both the universality and specificity of Springsteen's music, Blinded By The Light is an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities.

4.0
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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Boundless enthusiasm can't disguise a paperthin plot and some knuckle-biting musical sequences.

2.0
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Time Out

Time Out

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Gurinder Chadha's effervescent film is a bit cheesy and extremely hard to resist.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

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There's something so constructed and suffocating about watching a tried and tested formula not working, the over-sentimental string-pulling on show for all to see.

2.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss's greatest hits for its emotional high points, "Blinded by the Light" remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches.

0
Collider

Collider

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I have no doubt that by the time 2019 is done, Blinded by the Light will stand as one of the year's best films.

1

Many thanks fo the good site. The movie is good.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

This is the movie that the Beatles-based Yesterday should have been. A knockabout, musically literate yarn with its heart on its sleeve.

4.0
0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...part-musical, part-biopic, part-rom-com and all sheer bloody brilliance.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Combining both the universality and specificity of Springsteen's music, Blinded By The Light is an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities.

4.0
0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Boundless enthusiasm can't disguise a paperthin plot and some knuckle-biting musical sequences.

2.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Gurinder Chadha's effervescent film is a bit cheesy and extremely hard to resist.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There's something so constructed and suffocating about watching a tried and tested formula not working, the over-sentimental string-pulling on show for all to see.

2.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

While this flimsy coming-of-age drama over-relies on the Boss's greatest hits for its emotional high points, "Blinded by the Light" remains a likeable and touching story about finding your own voice.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Newcomer Viveik Kalra radiates enough guileless enthusiasm to carry viewers past the film's rough patches.

0
Collider

Collider

press

I have no doubt that by the time 2019 is done, Blinded by the Light will stand as one of the year's best films.

1

Many thanks fo the good site. The movie is good.

4.0
0