Trailer For “Blinded By The Light” Will Make Bruce Springsteen Fans Swoon

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, a movie debuted called Blinded by the Light. Yes, the title is taking reference from a Bruce Springsteen song, as The Boss’ music is central to this flick. Over in Park City, it turned out to be one of the fest’s biggest crowd pleasers, getting picked up and scheduled for a summer release date. Now, we saw the Trailer drop for it yesterday, cluing everyone in to just what made it so special back in January. You can see it at the bottom of the post, with some commentary to come first, as per the usual. The film is a coming of age story, based on the actual teenage years of one of the writers. The plot synopsis, via IMDb, is as follows: “In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.” Javeed (Viveik Kalra) is the teen protagonist, caught at a point in his life where he isn’t sure who he is. Springsteen’s music will provide a grounding and set him off on a whole new path. According to folks where we at Sundance, this is a crowd pleaser of the highest order. Gurinder Chadha directs and co-writes with Paul Mayeda Berges and Sarfraz Manzoor (upon whose life this is loosely based). The rest of the cast includes Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Dean-Charles Chapman, Meera Ganatra, Kulvinder Ghir, Nikita Mehta, Aaron Phagura, Sally Phillips, Nell Williams, and more. Cinematography is by Ben Smithard, while the score is composed by Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman. I’m not even a little bit ashamed to say that this looks absolutely made for me. As a huge Springsteen fan, every emotion in the Trailer is one that I’ve felt while listening to his music. Coming from the director of Bend It Like Beckham, this should have a universal appeal and really speak to the masses. If so, watch out for it as a dark horse Oscar player, perhaps in a category like Best Original Screenplay. I’m hopefully seeing it soon, so I’ll be able to report back more thoroughly, but in terms of anticipation, this is the movie I want to see more than anything else this year. Bruce Springsteen is having a deserved new moment of late. Between the publication of his memoir Born To Run, his [...]