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Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Album documentary is best for longtime fans of The Boss.

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Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes taps into the mind of a modern musical genius to give fans a sense of what makes him tick and how he translates that into chart-topping hits. It's an intimate glimpse behind the curtain, but one on which the jovial Springsteen seems happy to lead viewers, and his self-deprecating demeanor is a refreshing change of pace from the celebrity egos that often steal today's headlines. Fans come away from this documentary with a new respect for the Boss' strong work ethic and a better understanding of the sources behind his trademark metaphorical lyrics in songs like "The Wall" and "Hunter of Invisible Game."

That said, this project is obviously geared toward faithful Springsteen fans whose familiarity with his decades-long resume will give them better appreciation for how he talks about his latest work, which includes veteran songs that never made the cut for his previous albums. Newcomers will still enjoy the backstage tour of the production process, but they may also get the sense that the documentary is designed to sell albums as well as to entertain fans.

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