The Blind Side – Movie Review
Run Time: 128 mins
Genre: Sports/ Drama
4.5 frames out of 5
Do you know anyone, that no matter what the circumstances are, that will always have your back?
Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Lewis, The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless teenager that is trying to survive on his own. His mother is a crack head and has been in and out of foster care for years. He is a large, intimidating guy that has been passed through the system and no one has really cared about. In a moment of serendipity, a friend’s father trying to get his own son admitted into a Christen private school by targeting the athletic director. As the director watches Michael and his friend play a round of hoops outside, he sees the athletic potential in Michael.
As Michael settles into his new school, most of the kids are daunted by his presence. The teachers don’t have much faith in him. A few ridicule him behind his back, until his science teacher sticks up for him by reading a piece that Michael had left behind in class.
One night after a sporting event at the school, the Touhy family is driving home. Leigh Anne Touhy (Sandra Bullock) notices Michael walking alone, along the darken road and makes her husband Sean (Tim McGraw) pullover to give him a ride. He tells her that he’s on his way back to the gymnasium and she’s not having it. They bring him home and a new chapter begins for all. As Michael and Leigh Anne slowly bond, her eyes and heart open to the hardships that he has been challenged with and have survived through.
Although this would have worked as a movie of the week, The Blind Side is more high profile due to the person this story is based on. It’s not quite the dramatic level of Erin Brockovich, but has more mass appeal to men and women of all ages. It’s an inspiring story that tugs at your heartstrings and you walk away from the theater feeling good.
Things to watch for: Great performance by Sandra Bullock – almost makes up for All About Steve. The child actor who plays Sean Jr. is such a scene stealer. Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates create memorable performances and you really caring for these people.
Who should see this movie: Men and Women of all ages, those that want to be inspired, those who want to see a good movie that does not involve aliens, vampires or blood & guts.
See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: If you’re not into facing the Twilight crowd this weekend, see this movie instead. If not still a great movie to rent or add to your DVD collection.
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