‘Western Stars’ Review: The Boss Looks Back in an Evocative Meditation on the Artistic Process

“The words to pop songs are about the only literature of advice we have on romantic matters,” said an uptight yuppie struggling with matters of the heart in Whit Stillman’s romantic comedy Barcelona. For those seeking the deeper meanings of the universe free from pretense there’s always been The Boss. The directorial debut of Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars is a lovely companion to Gurinder Chadha’s late summer crowd-pleaser Blinded By The Light, as the poet laureate of the Garden State generously shares the images and inspirations behind his latest album. Blinded By The Light beautifully brought to life the lyrics of his earlier career, while Western Stars is a stirring and often heartbreakingly beautiful emotional journey of an artist who can still deliver the goods.

Envisioned as a companion piece to Bruce Springsteen’s 2016 autobiography Born to Run and his 2017 show Springsteen on Broadway, Western Stars confronts aging,
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