The Blind Side (2009)

Looking fine, Sandra Bullock!

Over sized African American Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), the teen son of a murdered father and a crack-addicted mother, is homeless at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean (Tim McGraw), Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL. Based on Michael Lewis’s bestseller, this inspirational sports tale also stars Kathy Bates as Michael’s persistent tutor, Miss Sue.

The plot is from a book of a guy I have never heard of. I don’t think that’s a huge problem, but every once and awhile I like to know what I’m going into.

The one thing I didn’t like about this film was that it wasn’t so much about Oher, but more of Leigh Anne. Now I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t like this, but I felt like the main person and reason of this story was just side lined, and cut down to a bunch of reaction shots, and occasionally filled with minimal dialogue.

The cliches are a out there, but I will give the film some props for at least avoiding them, and focusing on the bigger issues at hand. Director John Lee Hancock, gives us a great off-beat look at a sports drama, that actually turns out to be a lot better than expected.

The film was inspirational in its message of how this guy who came from nothing, and makes a name for him self. Almost all of the elements from any great family film are in this film, and will make you feel better about yourself, and make you second thought your assumptions of others. I really liked how they weren’t trying to push the huge matter of racism in this film, which in ways it looked as if it was going to go that way.

Another part of this film that really had me confused was a part in the film where Bullock says, “he’s changing my life.” And to be honest I didn’t see her change once. Not like there was any problem with her character in the first place, we just never see a transition of her life, when this big black kind kid comes into her life.

Sandra Bullock gives one of the greatest performances of her career in this movie. I have a feeling the Oscars will give her a nom., because she is funny, honest, and most of all believable and you don’t find that much in football films nowadays. Quinton Aaron who plays Oher actually does an OK job here even though the film puts him out as a big buffoon, and gives him very small dialogue.

Consensus: The Blind Side is a story that you have seen many times before, but is an inspirational tale filled with comedy, tear jerking scenes, and backed by an Oscar worthy performance from Bullock.



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