Everyone has that one song, album, movie or book that came along at the perfect time in their life – just when everything felt like it was falling apart, an incredible piece of art came along and made everything seem like it might be all right.
Blinded By The Light tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a Pakistani British teenager living in a drab London suburb in 1987, who experiences exactly that.
He discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen, which jolts him alive and becomes his fixation, his obsession and identity. But the music does more than that.
Inspired by the life of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, who co-wrote the script, the film focuses on the teen, who is struggling to find a balance between his life in and outside of the home, with expectations from his Pakistani father conflicting with how he sees his own life.
This is a coming-of-age tale directed by Gurinder Chadha, who in 2002 made the terrific Bend It Like Beckham. The film, which is both a charming ode to teenage dreams and a loving tribute to The Boss, marks an exuberant return to form for the director.
This is a heartfelt and emotionally gripping joyride about the ways in which music can change our lives – especially during the advent of adolescence.