2019 has seen many iconic artists’ fates coming to life on the silver screen. Queen’s Freddie Mercury gained new fans after the film with the same name broke box office records and Queens music had a bit of a revival. The film won several awards and the lead actor was raved in the press for his uncanny life-like performance of Mr. Mercury himself. The recent one to have his life blasted across cinemas around the world is Elton John. “The Rocketman” created quite the buzz even before it was released and was much anticipated by the audience and critics alike. Again, the film opened to record breaking numbers and it has caused much controversy for its content, being censured or even banned in some parts of the world. The latest to join the ranks of Mr. John and Mr. Mercury is “the Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen. Although the film Blinded by the Light is not portraying the life of Bruce Springsteen per say, his music has served as the inspiration for the tale. Often summer is not the ideal cinema going season but if the film is good enough it will still draw a crowd. Maybe it’s time to put aside your mobile with Ladbrokes promotional offer and bring your friends to the cinema to check out this latest epic music-inspired film.
Finding your voice
Blinded by the Light is a film about a young Pakistani immigrant residing in England in 1987. As with many young people, Javed is struggling to find his identity and his place in the world. He is trying to combine the responsibilities towards his family with the dream of becoming a writer. It is in the midst of this struggle that the young Javed is introduced to the Boss’s music and his life after that is never the same. The film is inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s music but it is actually based on the memoir of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor called Greetings from Bury Park. The author himself has been involved in writing the screenplay together with director Gurinder Chadha. Manzoor has explained the profound impact that Bruce Springsteen’s music has had on him and has even gone as far as to say that it proved to him how powerful music can be, by transcending race and class. The film aims to inspire people of all ages it seems, to pursue their dreams regardless of their personal situation and why it can be absolutely life changing to find music that inspires you.
“Born to Run”
The film is yet to be released to the general public but it received outstanding reviews when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January this year. Even the Boss was reportedly extremely happy about the end result. Make sure to reserve your seat come August 14th this year as to not miss out on this spectacular tale of finding your voice and perhaps even realising that you were indeed, born to run.