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. Blinded by the Light 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 Javed’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.
This might be my favourite movie of 2019, a year when Godzilla and Avengers released spectacular blockbusters. Makes you laugh, cry and truly think about the world around us in this fist pumping adventure through the eyes of a British Pakistani Muslim Teen