‘Western Stars’ Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Directorial Debut Is an Intimate and Unexpected Concert Doc

Published on Sep 13, 2019

‘Western Stars’ Review: Bruce Springsteen’s Directorial Debut Is an Intimate and Unexpected Concert Doc

Even casual listeners of Bruce Springsteen’s songs are well-aware of The Boss’ many obsessions — America, cars, love, small towns, tough times, personal growth, denim — and his first turn behind the camera speaks to his consistent “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” ethos that has already guided so much of his work. Part concert doc, part personal rumination on all the things that make Bruce, well, Bruce, Springsteen’s natural charisma shines through at every turn, and while Bruce neophytes might not totally buy his particular brand of profundity, old admirers will appreciate his usual tricks.

Both the album (released earlier this summer) and film were, as Springsteen explains during an opening voiceover, conceived of as a response to the inherent dichotomy of American life: the desire for individual freedoms and the need for a community. It’s Springsteen, through and through. Still, there are some evolutions to enjoy here,

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Author: Kate Erbland