blinded by the light

I seem to have overlooked the music of Bruce Springsteen – I dont know how, but it just never appealed to me or never came my way, so it was a real pleasant surprise to see this sweet film by Gurinder Chadha about a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in 1987 Luton. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, Javed writes poetry as a means to escape the pressures and demands of his traditional father. his life changes when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, and Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics;  the more he listens to the music and understand the words, the more he applies them to his own life and starts to express himself honestly even though it means going against his family’s rules and wishes.  it really is a growing of age film, harkening back to Bend it like Beckham;  its based on a true story and is an easy light film to watch.

I caught up on a few films on the plane journey to Mexico, all of them passed the time away and kept me entertained;  I particularly cried at Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody – I am not even a Queen fan, but its made me realise that you dont necessary have to be a fan to watch a film entirely about Queen. Mary Queen of Scots was historically intriguing but I forgot how violent times were.

I have been to  secret cinema once with Robert and this is a fun thing to do with a few friends.  I see that Casino Royale is coming up soon.

another venue that shows classic films is  wilton’s music hall  its an experience not to be missed.

if you are stuck for a gift for older teenagers, university students, or grumpy old men, then do what i just did – buy them a membership at the bfi – they get to see a free film screening each month, reduced fees for entry with a couple of their friends and you are helping to support them in their support of film.

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