Blinded by the Light review: 'Slight but charming comic drama'
Co-written by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and based on his childhood love of Bruce Springsteen, Gurinder Chadha’s slight but charming comic drama is set in Luton in 1987, where teenager Javed (Viveik Kalra) is having an existential crisis.
Oppressed by his Pakistani father’s rigid conservatism, depressed by the wintry greyness of his home town, he has a eureka moment when a school-friend lends him Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Bruce teaches Javed to dream, and pretty soon he’s writing poems and falling in love.
Springsteen’s rousing anthems are juxtaposed with the drabness of 1980s suburban Britain, and while Chadna’s film is a little rough around the edges, it has plenty of charm.