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|Originaltitel:||Blinded by the Light|
|Genre:||Comedy, Music movie|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 118 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teenager of Pakistani descent, leads a rather bleak life in 1987 in the small working-class town of Luton. At school and on the street he is constantly confronted with xenophobia and at home his father, who suffers from unemployment, has a strict regiment. Only in writing can Javed find a way to escape the dreary daily routine. His life changes drastically when a classmate lends him cassettes with the music of Bruce Springsteen. The boss seems to speak to him directly from his soul with his lyrics. Finally he feels understood and finds the courage to follow his own dreams through the music - which not only his father doesn't like to see…
Already another music film? Yeah, but a totally different one than Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. Blinded by the Light" also focuses on the music of an artist - in this case Bruce Springsteen. And those who know his songs know that his life is reflected in a certain way. Still, the movie's not about Springsteen. It can only be seen for a very short time on a television screen. Otherwise, however, he is only present in the form of his songs.
Gurinder Chadha, who had already staged a light feel-good cinema with social relevance with "Kick it like Beckham", uses the story of the young Javed, inspired by true events, to show what power music and words can have. How much they can help a person who feels lost or lacks the courage to realize his dreams. The story was inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his love for the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen. Manzoor, who also co-wrote the screenplay, wrote his autobiographical book "Greetings from Bury Park" in 2007, in which he dealt with his youth in Luton and his difficult relationship with his father.
The script and also the staging succeed in presenting the sometimes very difficult themes with adequate seriousness, but at the same time with a charming lightness that is transported by the great actors in an absolutely believable and stirring way. The way Bruce Springsteen's songs and lyrics are integrated into the story is both dramaturgically and visually brilliantly solved. And so in the end it remains almost impossible not to leave the cinema with a happy smile on your face. It doesn't really matter whether you're a Springsteen fan or not. Of course, one should at least find the music tolerable in order to enjoy the film, after all it is very present (accompanied by many other 80s classics!). And as a fan there are some moments that you can enjoy more than the non fans will succeed in. Either way, "Blinded by the Light" is simply a beautiful film, that is socially relevant and absolutely charming. There's one for that: Absolutely worth seeing!
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