**1/2 out of ****
(for strong language throughout, some sexual content, and brief drug material)
Released: August 16, 2019
Runtime: 118 minutes
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura, Nell Williams, Dean-Charles Chapman, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, David Hayman, Meera Ganatra, Nikita Mehta
My review of Blinded By The Light, for The Tulsa Voice. This coming-of-age story of a Pakistani teen set in blue collar Britain is a crowd-pleaser but panders with cliches, with a familiar formula that rides the coattails of Bruce Springsteen for its hip music cred.
A review excerpt:
“That cross-cultural twist puts a fresh face on an often white-washed genre, and Javed’s obsession with a single artist (rather than rock music in general) personalizes the journey even more; but once you get past these welcome surface-level changes, the script—which feels as if it’s been watered-down through several rounds of notes from risk-averse studio executives—adheres to trite-if-satisfying conformity. “
To read my full review, click here.