Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light ★★★½

It’s sweet and thoughtful and it’ll help an angsty teenager in some shitty town get through the days until they can transcend it.  It’s a timeless to the point of cliched story that often can’t decide if it’s a straight coming of age dramedy or musical but it’s an escape from the heat of living in 2019 by walking headlong into the swelter and blasting some music.

Playing Springsteen and singing the lyrics when the fascists go marching in open daylight is a better plan than I’ve heard from anyone else.  It’s a scary place we’re in, it’s horrible how transparently we are re-repeating history without ever learning the lessons of yesterday.  And so maybe it’s appropriate we have to keep learning from the cliched and formulaic films.  We can stop making the same movies again and again when we stop making the same mistakes.

But this embodies the spirit of rebellion and abandon that Springsteen champions and in the way a good biopic should carry the spirit of the subject, this film succeeds in telling you everything you ever need to know about the man and his impact on frustrated teenagers everywhere.