Music icons are those that seem timeless, maybe not in the way of new hits, but in the impact they leave behind. Musical works speak to us on so many levels, potentially why we are able to play them as often as we do without getting sick of the tracks. Yet, do we really understand how music impacts people? Do we think about how music can motivate, inspire, and even more so revolutionize the changes that they incite on many people? That is the theme of the final movie I review this week, a film that is all about the impact that movies have and what they can motivate to do. So let us take a look as I dive into:
Movie: Blinded By The Light (2019)
Nice Look At Culture and Music
Great Use of Music
Decent Balance Of Most Stories
A Bit Preachy
Perhaps A Little More Investment In Two Other Stories
Hollywood vs. Reality
Cliched stands out
With movies like this that go to make a statement you sometimes wonder if the movie will move or potentially fall to the pace of being artistic. In this case, the Boss’ journey movie seems to movie at a good enough pace to remain entertaining but yet still accomplish the statements it wants to make. It’s charm comes in the form of the heartwarming tale, that manages to be funny without even trying and yet deliver the messages of inspiration and art that it wants to do. The movie is a nice look at how music influences the world around us and can inspire those brave few who can be fueled to use their gifts for the greater good. In addition, the cultural lifestyle is certainly a major part of this film’s energy, somehow managing to capture some components of a culture or two and yet paint in a way that is super relevant to many. The tale of the main character holds a lot of heart behind it and seeing that journey unfold feels like a realistic heroes journey that many dream to accomplish. But defying a culture is not the only tale, for Blinded By The Light manages to accurately represent the facets of life from the concept of love and friendship, to the aspiration of trying to live your dreams. It’s emotionally deep and will speak to many members as the relevant tales begin to come to life and perhaps allow you to sort of walk alongside the characters as they face the fears. Yet, my favorite aspect is the nice integration of the Boss’ music into the film, for like a musical the legendary tunes are solidly integrated into the sequences to deliver the emotional kick of the scene or perhaps just make a fun little cover in a bold attempt to please a character.
Despite all the fun I had in this movie though there are of course areas that acted as a somewhat limitation to the film. Motivational as this movie is, it can come off a bit preachy at times too, a little too forced in the inspirational tale and focus and perhaps steering away from the balance I was enjoying. In addition, the movie sometimes gets a little more reality vs Hollywood for me at the inconsistencies that real life deals vs. the magic of things working out in the Hollywood atmosphere. Not the biggest dislikes mind you, but something that does not quite fit in the same light as some of the other parts of the movie. I guess my biggest limitations come in the form of some of the story imbalances and cliché moments that start to take precedent the farther the movie goes in. In regards to the stories, there are a few plots that I’ll admit could have taken a little more focus to help bring all aspects to full circle. One has to do with the love story and integration, yes a surprise given my previous reviews, and the other with the racial tension that was in this movie. I understand it’s not the main focus, but it might have allowed for other Springsteen songs to get integrated in about these issues and maybe add a little more suspension and challenge to the movie. That’s the other component that would have been nice to see is breaking up the cliché moments and adding a little more challenge to the mix. Blinded by the Light is a little too easily pushed through, and perhaps in adding the obstacles and suspense, the full emotional passion could have burst out in full strength and break up the predictability/monotony of it.
As you can see, the movie has more likes than dislikes for me, with many of the limitations pickiness to help give that movie the final push. Blinded by the Light turned out to be better than I anticipated, with a nice steady pace filled with a plethora of components that includes well aligned story arcs, emotionally deep lessons, inspirational sequences, and of course the timeless music of Bruce Springsteen. Yes, it’s preachy and cliché and some stories could have been tuned up and given greater preference to really maximize everything. However, I applaud the balance and entertainment of this film and state that though it lacks the usual mechanisms for the theater (special effects, a big adventure, or a concert experience, I still suggest a trip to the theater for this one. If you can’t get in to hear the Boss through the big speakers, then definitely set your sights on this one for a home viewing.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 8.0