Blinded By The Light follows the story of Javed, a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in 1987 England. Javed suffers under the close-mindedness of his traditional father and the racial intolerance of his hometown, but finds pockets of liberation through writing poetry. When a classmate introduces him to the songs of Bruce Springsteen, Javed’s world is changed forever. He finds salvation in the powerful lyrics of Springsteen that mirrors his working-class life. Javed rediscovers his own pent-up dreams, and finds the courage to express himself in his own voice.

This film is gloriously and vibrantly alive. From the brilliant animations that emphasize Javed’s passion for Springsteen, to the over-the-top scenes that spotlights Javed as he breaks out into song and dance – the film beautifully captures the euphoria of singing a song you love. The film is ultimately about how music can reverberate in our lives and fuel our dreams, which is why it’s almost impossible to turn away from the grand lunacy that is Springsteen’s greatest anthem. Javed’s obsession with Springsteen will touch you with nostalgia and take you back to a time when your mind exploded after discovering a rock song.

Blinded By The Light captures the inner turmoil of embracing the collision of two very different cultures – a social turbulence that is undeniably relevant in today’s culturally progressive world. It articulates the jumble of life when coming of age, and propounds the common and relatable narrative of finding your own voice in the face of tradition and family values that differ from your own.

The film is earnest and heartfelt. Its profoundly lovable characters are terminally pure, making for one very triumphant feel-good movie.

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