Bruce Springsteen can do little wrong in the eyes of his fans, but his latest HBO special, “Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes,” isn’t worthy of the man or his music. Essentially a 28-minute infomercial for Springsteen’s latest album, it’s a once-over-lightly look at the singer-songwriter’s collaboration with guitarist Tom Morello that spoons out only dollops of insight. Director Thom Zimny previously helmed the more expansive “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town,’ ” but this follow-up is either too short or about 20 minutes too long. Weaving together interviews, rehearsal segments and tour footage, “High Hopes” gets Springsteen to talk a bit about how he comes up with lyrics (“It’s just feeling”); why a guy his age keeps hammering away performing for hours onstage night after night (“He has to”); or his commitment to putting out something with the heft of a record in this digital, a-la-carte age.
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