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Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13
Movie
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English
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1h 54m
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August 9th 2019
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Comedy, Drama, Music

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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8
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Blinded by the Light (2019) on IMDb
CRITIC SCORE
80

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Viveik Kalra
Viveik Kalra Javed
Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell Ms Clay
Nikita Mehta
Nikita Mehta Shazia
Tara Divina
Tara Divina Yasmeen
Rob Brydon
Rob Brydon Matt's Dad
Frankie Fox
Frankie Fox Colin Hand
Sally Phillips
Sally Phillips Mrs. Anderson
Sofia Abbasi
Sofia Abbasi 1980's Local Resident
Asheq Akhtar
Asheq Akhtar Butcher
David Hayman
David Hayman Mr. Evans
Marcus Brigstocke
Marcus Brigstocke Eliza’s Dad
Olivia Poulet
Olivia Poulet Eliza’s Mum
Jeff Mirza
Jeff Mirza Mr. Shah
Kit Reeve
Kit Reeve Emma

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by musty_reviews - Is this helpful?UpvoteDownvote
The importance of representation isn't to speak exclusively to one crowd but to demonstrate that deep down, we all deal with the same issues and problems, regardless of ability, race, gender, religion or any of the other attributes that are used to divide us. This movie isn't just about a young boy discovering his identity as a British Pakistani Muslim, it goes beyond that and depicts a coming of age struggle between parent and child.

Springsteen's soundtrack works as a baseline around Javid's transition from boy to man, through the pursuit of him achieving his dream, which beautifully represents mid 80's Britain as this bleak and hopeless space that is being held together with prayers and dreams of better tomorrows.

My favourite part is the moment Springsteen's music is introduced, mirroring a similar reaction to mine, at a similar age to an unknown band, The Airborne Toxic Event, who were also greatly inspired by The Boss. Lyrics flash on screen while a storm brews outside, energy radiates from the screen while I'm on Fire rings in your ears. The magic of Cinema never felt more alive to me than it did in those few brief minutes.

The final 30 minutes of the movie had me physically crying, an honour held by a select few, the most touching aspects were in relation to the cultural heritage of the characters and felt very close to home.

Overall, this movie hits the spot if you're looking for a feelgood film to break up the week but please don't miss the opportunity to watch this in the cinema where you can truly experience the movie at its best.
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Perhaps it was the “I feel like I’ve seen this before” factor, but ‘Blinded By The Light’ just didn’t resonate. It lacked the humour, the heart and the finesse of Chadha’s previous films, and therefore it falls short.
- Jess Fenton

Read Jess' full article...
https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-blinded-by-the-light-the-spiritual-sequel-to-bend-it-like-beckham

Head to https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/sff for more Sydney Film Festival reviews.

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