Roger Thomas Film Review: ‘Blinded by the Light’: Another fine musical
Published 7:59 pm Thursday, September 5, 2019
There are a lot of films showing this summer. When one sees a good movie, one should spread the news so others will also have the privilege of seeing the good film.
There are many ways the audience celebrates. They may applaud or laugh or scream. May all audience members be sent something in the next film they see.
Over the last year film viewers have had opportunities to see many musical films.
There was “Green Book,” which told the story of a musician and a driver who grew beyond their prejudices. “Green Book” went on to win the “Best Picture Oscar.”
Though the music was that of three men, much of the film was filled with beautiful conversation and actions that happen during the film.
Another musical from last year was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” that was the story of the rise, fall and rise again of the band “Queen.”
Then there was the remake of “A Star Is Born.”
Those three were just the three movies that used a musical theme and were nominated for “Best Picture.”
There are two very fine films about musicians this year already. The first is the film “Rocketman.” It is a great film and might be the best music-themed film of the year.
However, there may be other musical films in the last four months of 2019.
Right now, there is one musical film that engulfs one’s senses with a story, conflict and the passion for song — something Oscar voters will remember when voting time comes.
This film is “Blinded by the Light.”
The story is based on a high school boy, who like many had struggles with his parents.
Mostly the struggles are with his father.
It tells the story of a teenager growing up in London who loves the music of Bruce Springsteen even though his family comes from the Middle East. His parents want him to have a traditional life according to their family’s past.
The story is based on a teenage boy growing up in 1987 in London. The boy struggles living with his family and trying to fit his own desires with those of his family, especially his father. The father wants as little influence in British culture as he can for his children.
His son wants as much British and America culture as he can get. This presents the conflict in the story, and it is a great one.
Viveik Kaveik plays the lead character. His performance has a wide range and is always moving emotionally. Other cast members include Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Gamatra and Aaron Phagura, just to name a few.
“Blinded by the Light” is one of the most moving films of 2019.
More films like “Blinded by the Light” would be a good thing.
And many people should seek out this film for many reasons — including the fact this is based on a true story. These events, or ones similar to them, happened to real people who succeeded in life.
Roger W. Thomas of Albemarle reviews films for The Stanly News & Press.