BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Review ⭐️⭐️✨ (2.5/5): After a spate of musical themed feel-good films, Blinded by the Light feels late to the party. Not helping matters is the fact that the film follows the same old inspirational movie template that has been abused more times than the password of the Netflix account you didn’t pay for.
The template here follows a fresh-faced, introverted kid living in a strict family household who decides to go against the wishes of his parents and pursue his dreams, only for his parents to (of course) slowly come around to accept his decision as well. The only difference here is that there’s a generous amount of Bruce Springsteen’s music lathered throughout, resulting in a number of cringe-worthy moments where plot development is dispensed through tacky glorification of Springsteen’s lyrics and extended musical sequences that feel like discarded videos from a long forgotten 80’s pop band.
While the film is sincere and well-intentioned, it’s too desperate to please and doesn’t offer enough to back up its earnestness. It’s another variation of a very familiar narrative, and its attempts to tackle numerous weighty topics (such as racism and socio-economical struggles) fall flat as the film lacks the focus necessary to do any of them justice. It’s clear that a lot of heart went into bringing the true story to life, but, unfortunately, it seems like little else. For some, that’ll be enough to make for a charming, feel-good type of movie. For me, however, when the film tried to tug at the heart, I was checking my watch.