Blinded by the Light

Started by DavidL, August 19, 2019, 22:15:02 pm

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Saw this last week and was totally underwhelmed. For those that don't know, it's the story of an Pakistani teen growing up in Luton in the late eighties. The story is about his attempt to follow his own dream and break free from his traditional Asian upbringing after being inspired by the music of Springsteen.
All rather trope-ridden I'm afraid. Obviously the music is quality but a bit repetitive (over-use of Promised Land and Born to Run). I just thought it was rather clumsy in its execution. Fairly predictable Thatcher-bashing in places. I also thought that the cultural references were a bit off. I didn't think many kids were being bought Chopper cycles in 1980; the Vauxhall Viva, Allegro and Marina were mostly rusted away by 1987 and no sign of Curiosity Killed The Cat!
Based on a true story, apparently. The denouement was particularly cringe-worthy. About a 5/10 from me.