Blinded by the Light (2019) - Comedy, Drama, Music

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In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 55 out of 250 found boring (22%)

One-line Reviews (143)

From the vandal who spray paints: "***** ***" and follows Javed back to the family flat, to the hooligans who unseat Javed and Roops in a diner full of empty table.

Cringe,boring and some of the worst acting I've ever seen.....

Yes, it's preachy and cliché and some stories could have been tuned up and given greater preference to really maximize everything.

A coming of age movie with no real emotion is somehow intertwined with the music of Bruce Springsteen in such an over the top invasive way it's pretty much unwatchable at points.

Despite a promising premise, this film fails at being a heartwarming coming of age story, and is instead a boring, cliched Disney Channel TV movie with nothing to offer.

Once the movie started I completely got immersed since most of the things in the movie are relatable especially if you are a south Asian.

Moving, fun, original and altogether one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Good, enjoyable movie.

While "Yesterday" is original, funny, weird, and enjoyable, I found BBTL to be slow, predictable, and forced.

It's sometimes funny, often charming and always enjoyable.

Anyway the plot is predictable.

An Enjoyable Feel-Good Movie .

Sure, there are some silly moments, but mostly it's an entertaining and inspirational message movie wrapped in BRUUUUUCE!

Even for Springsteen fans this is a massive bore.

Story is about a second generation British-Pakistani teenager coming of age in a small town during the Thatcher era (1987) Javed is depressed with life and its future possibilities and begins to rebel against his domineering father and cultural expectations with the help of The Boss's empowering music.

However, Chadha adds enough Springsteen lyrics, Bollywood musical elements, 80's coming-of-age moments, and political parallels to make all that formulaic sentimentality into something...

However this movie made his music fun and enjoyable to listen to.

It's all very formulaic and laboured; its political statements and observations delivered with all the delicacy of a barrel of rancid mullet being poured over your head.

I highly recommend it.

And, it is simply a stirring story with some exceptionally-entertaining music!

It's very didactic, full of cliché, you lose the story and hardly you can trust it.

Alongside its endearing coming-of-age story, the film attempts to introduce some more serious socio-political themes like life in Thatcher's Britain and modern day racism that, while certainly important and fascinating in a historical context, can feel rather jarring in the middle of such a pleasantly uplifting film.

Director Gurinder Chadha burst into prominence with her 2002 hit Bend It Like Beckham, a zesty coming of age story that broke the mould for Asian representation in British cinema...

The film is fine but the moments where the main character sings Springsteen lyrics out loud and dances in the street with people joining in are unbearable.

It's a coming of age story to remind everyone that being true to yourself and becoming who you want to be doesn't mean leaving who you are and where you came from behind :)

It's throughly enjoyable, the music is great, Bruce Springsteen and Eighties Classics.

When I got into his music a few years back, I instantly became enamored with his albums namely Darkness on the Edge of Town.

The acting was wooden, the storyline cheesy and all in all it was just plain dull.

Otherwise, this film is too often boring, desultory, predictable and too blandly acted to be remembered for anything.

The disapproving father and the long-suffering son are two biggest clichés in television and film, but because Viveik Kalra and Kulvinder Ghir are strong actors, they are able to overcome the predictable nature of the story.

Wow, I mean, congrats for getting this made but it was diabolical, cliche, boring and missable.

No chance, absolute boredom, I was in so much pain clinging on.

but first and foremost, like her 2002 breakout, it's a feel-good coming of age comedy, easily accessible and perhaps somewhat trite as a sacrifice.

There was 4 or 5 people that I saw which walked out of the screening that I was in.

Springsteen is the inspired backbone of this heartwarming, if cliche, tale of growing pains, economic woes, and racial strife in small-town-80's England.

There are some really enjoyable moments ...

This is a classic coming of age story, told from the point of view of a teenage British Pakistani boy against the backdrop of Thatcher's 1980s Britain.

But thankfully Cineworlds Secret Screening was on (even though I and possibly all the people that walked out during this movie were hoping to see The Lion King early).

Overall found it to be a very enjoyable film, well acted and with an 80's soundtrack to die for.

and race relation issues of the time, he finds unexpected inspiration in the music and words of Bruce Springsteen.

Back to the point, this is an enjoyable movie and I would recommend it for a good time.

Entertaining coming of age story.

Enjoyed this one, it's charming with some really good moments other times it dragged.

The Music is Fantastic the Story Cliche .

I'm not a huge fan of the Boss, but having lived through the 80's I know his biggest hits, but this film takes his songs and puts them to an unexpected story in a brilliant way.

It is a fun plot and a coming of age story.

It is a stunning achievement to explore so many powerful themes so well in less than 2 hours: teen angst, parenting, the immigrant experience, friendship, love, music, and more.

The beginning starts off a little slow.

Other than the Springsteen connection and in spite of the story and the ending being predictable everything about the movie has a strong and independent sensibility, the kind that often struggles to lure people out to the theater.

Then, in that shop, they started playing the newly released "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" album and I did something I've never done before or since, I walked up to the sales counter on impulse and bought it there and then.

Instead, much like Javed, the film stumbles with finding an identity rolling between a political statement, a musical, or a coming of age story, resting on none.

So I do get the premise of this British-made film about how an ambitious and talented young Pakistani boy, a budding writer, feeling trapped in dull-as-dishwater 1980's Luton in the middle of the grey, depressing Thatcher years when unemployment hit record levels, coping with his over-strict, traditionalist father, struggling to express himself in his writing and also to get himself a girlfriend, could find a release in Springsteen's heartfelt tales of ever-hopeful "losers...

It has some slow moments .. it was cheesy in parts .

I should probably have gone to see something more predictably enjoyable.

Blinded By The Light is by far the superior music based film of 2019 that understands the context of Bruce Springsteen's song writing and impact while simultaneously tackling the struggles of living as a British born Pakistan teenager in the 1980s in an engaging and relatable coming of age tale.

The other so-so element to this box-office dud is found in its casting choices, with Viveik Kalra making for a rather bland lead performer who fails to really capture our hearts or imaginations as he goes about his business.

Choppy, Obvious, but Enjoyable .

Another in the exciting musical stories inspired by a celebrated singer.

Don't waste your time.

We don't need more lazy, cliche films like this.

An appealing leading man and great music make watching Blinded by the Light an enjoyable experience.

Blinded by the Light is a pretty fair coming of age comedy drama that is about a Pakistani teen Javed (Viveik Kalra) who is trying to write music and wants to do what he wants to do before college.

Characters that I felt nothing for, stereotypes everywhere, predictable plot from the beginning and poorly executed dance scenes.

Doing so just made it a cliche coming of age film.

This film is so incredibly boring and predictable, I can't imagine anyone having any sort of fun watching it.

The first time I heard about it was during Sundance and how people enjoyed it.

I guess my biggest limitations come in the form of some of the story imbalances and cliché moments that start to take precedent the farther the movie goes in.

Every possible cliché I can think of rolled into the space of one film.

A true-life coming of age story?

Simply a massive cliche .

Let's get something out of the way: yes, this movie is sentimental and formulaic.

Such a fun coming of age movie set in the 1980's.

There were cheesy moments though, such as a long music montage where they danced across town - it lasted way too long, like can we get back to the story please ?

Anyway, the music was good but a little repetitive at points.

"Which is what makes them instantly enchanting but ultimately -- for me -- disappointing and even empty.

I say schmaltsy and predictable.

Awful film, wasted my time and effort, had nothing good going on in the film, such a boring true life story, most the cast looked miserable like they didn't wanna be there.

Chadha, reimagining Margaret Atwood as a rock and roll historian, uses extra-diegetical foreshadowing, since the lead singer, a native Mancurian, to the utter confusion of the world, came out in support for the *** ******* ********, a far-right political organization.

Blinded By The LightI enjoyed this movie very much once I got beyond being dragged back to the 80's with the dodgy hair and flares.

A few too many Jewish Springsteen jokes are included, and some may find the film a bit too light-hearted, but it's crafted for mass appeal while blasting some classics from the theatre speakers: Promised Land, Badlands, Thunder Road, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, Because the Night, Prove it All Night, and yes, even "Hungry Heart".

It mixes a coming of age, love story, in a racially challenged time, blurring into Mamma Mia style scenes, with bad singing etc. It felt amateurish, with a couple of laughs.

I very much enjoyed it.

The plot is predictable and the music and dance numbers are an absolute cringefest.

There's moments in the film that feel like things are about to get a little more unpredictable or exciting, early moments where Javed first discovers the Bosses music and words jump alive on screen before our eyes or a marketplace singalong with a bunch of kindly strangers are such examples but outside of that, following Javed on his quest to break free from the bonds of his family and his culture are more a procession of necessities rather than a purely enjoyable feature film escape.

It is a good coming of age story.

The plot to me was an enjoyable watch.

Fun, coming of age movie with The Boss Soundtrack .

A heartwarming, genuine coming of age tale that understands Bruce Springsteen and his material .

Immediately a few people got up and walked out.

It does get a little slow in the second act of the movie.

The acting is fresh and charming, and direction is pacy and generally engaging.

Narrative is too formulaic .

It was okay but very predictable I thought.

Light weight acting Cliche after cliche.

All of the actors did a fine job, the movie just moved at a snail's pace at times for me.

This was a very niche movie, very claustrophobic and there was very little action but I enjoyed it immensely.

It's engaging, even when it makes a couple of mistakes, and is often endearing.

Yawn .

Much like Almost Famous, Sing Street, and La La Land before it, this film is a moving, effortlessly fun & engaging story about the power of music and dreams.

Enjoyed the music obviously, the characters were great and I highly recommend it.

"Blinded By The Light" is one of the most entertaining films of the year.

It is a fun coming of age story about a teen who wants to be who he is and find his own way.

Massive bore.

It was really just an ordinary coming of age story.

Kulvinder Ghir also has an excellent part as the father who, while coming across as somewhat cliche at times, still turns in a wonderful part.

We all love movies that are inspiring and enjoyable.

Some scenes were fun and amusing but others were predictable, cheesy and depressing.

A mildly entertaining coming-of-age tale set to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

For this reason, the film main problem is that is predictable and often arch with box-ticking and several convenient characters, who exist simply to make a point or nudge the plot forward.

Predictable and formulaic as this movie is, it overcomes these issues due chiefly to the emotional and heartfelt dedication of all involved.

Many people, and I would agree, find this to be an enjoyable movie.

You won't care that it is a coming of age flick, or that it is highly predictable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and left the theater with a smile.

don't waste your time.

A bland tribute to growing up and The Boss .

Good story with a good message but soooooooo slow and boring!

What lets the movie down is the well worn cliche of the Asian son and father having differences when it comes to growing up.

' At the very least they've all been entertaining, though a fair share of the credit must be given to the strength of the soundtracks they've utilized.

Pointless and silly, I cant believe Bruce let them use his music .

Enjoyable first act, derailed into a predictable politically correct sermon.

Darkness on the edge of the world .

Whilst 2010's It's a Wonderful Afterlife was creaky and her latest period piece Viceroy's House rather uninspiring, Chadha appears to be back on surer ground with Blinded by the Light, an ode to Bruce Springsteen based on the memoir of real-life fanatic of the Boss and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.

its confusing.

etc. paying extra for the dolby experience is a waste of money.

The film is highly enjoyable; you will get the feels.

What follows is a coming of age tale that hits familiar beats (not least from Bend It) with shameless confidence.

Formulaic, sentimental...

Filled with energy and a real personal passion for its story throughout, Blinded By The Light grabs you with its endearingly dull portrayal of Luton, as well as a likable lead in the form of Javed, played by Viveik Kalra, and although it may not quite hit the emotional beats it's going for with young Javed's dreams of making it out of Luton one day, the small-town, down-to-earth vibes of the film are actually what make the film most enjoyable.

This film for me has everything: humour, great music, great acting ,politics, romance, ambition, family conflict and resolution, and even though a tad predictable, I thoroughly recommend it.

Music fandom flick dissolves in an empty, mediocre screenplay .

It goes down as a severe waste of time.

The movie was very entertaining with a message about family dynamics and being your own person that is timeless.

Add to this the cliche about someone's life being changed by a single artist, make it too long and you get a snoozer.

Take away the Springsteen soundtrack and its just another boring teen angst film.

Well worth the watch.

Very enjoyable.

I do not really understand why this got a 6.5 because this movie did much more than expected and was very enjoyable from start to end to where I was singing "Born To Run" in my seat.

I went to see this with my 14 year old and found it engaging and shocking in equal measure.

This movie skyrocketed to my lifetime, worst movie I've ever seen list.

Worth watching with the people you love.

The film is too long and contrived, with every point being made repeatedly and without subtlety.

Very Enjoyable.

At nearly two hours, it was frankly a bit of a bore to sit, watch and listen, through.