Movie Diary 5/13/2019

Blinded by the Light (Gurinder Chanda, 2019). Might be critic-proof, this one, in a good way. All about a teen in 80s England (the backwater of Luton, to be exact) who finds his voice and his way out of Thatcher’s sour Britain through his discovery of Bruce Springsteen. Lots of music, lots of joyous/defiant dancing around to Bruce, no stinting on the racist atmosphere the hero must endure. It’s from the director of Bend It Like Beckham. I’m not sure I believed a great deal of it, except on the emotional level, but there was a pleasing sense throughout that the boy at the heart of the story might have made the exact film we’re watching – when he was 17. (Shows in the Seattle International Film Festival)