The Blind Side Reviews
Sandra Bullock shows a whole new side to her acting abilities with her spot on southern accent, and heartwarming punctuality. Behind her at first seemingly hard and cold front, you quickly come to realize, is a sweet christian lady, who has much more empathy than she would ever let on. This film is made even better with the well known faces of Lily Collins and Tim McGraw as part of the Tuohy family.
The inspirational variation of social economic status and racial prejudice adds diversity and relatability to the film. Michael Oher's sad and dangerous past really touches you, and makes LeAnne Tuohy realize that there is a large social gap, and the impacts it can have. Some might say that the film had too much violence, and may have been too intense at parts. But, these scenes were very necessary to feel empathy and emotion towards Michael and others like him, that lived like that.
The beautifully placed humor, and Sandra Bullock and Jae Head's personalities, really made the film. It lightened the mood of the seriousness of many situations, and just made you feel good about what was going on. The look into different social economic situations gives you a feeling of gratitude and privilege, that really makes you feel compassion towards Michael.
Others might feel that the background and buildup to Michael and his football career is slow, and uneventful. But these events build a story in your mind to how Michael lives. It gives you a strong impression of what his life was like, and why his life is like the way it is now. It's an important part of understanding Michael Oher and his sad story.
So I urge you, if you love inspirational stories of football and breaking the social economic status, then you will love this movie. If you like seeing how someone so broken can accomplish so much, then this is for you. Don't waste your time with made up films about aliens, enjoy a very touching and remarkable re-enactment of an edifying true story.
Under her help, Oher gets a place to sleep and a hot meal. The family also encourages his athletics and mostly his struggling academics. He has 0.6 GPA average so they have a lot of work. Once he is able to get his grades up he starts learning about how to play football. He struggles with this initially until she teaches him to cater to his protective instincts and treat his team as family. Once he gets this, he becomes a lock for college recruiters as several colleges coaches become interested in him. The family's history with Ole Miss has the NCAA wondering if there is a scandal involved.
The Blind Side is an average football biopic. Quinton Aaron does a good job of portraying Oher as calm and charming individual. Bullock wins an Oscar for her portrayal of Yuohy. Her performance is good and she pulls of an accent, but it is far and away from being an incredible winning performance. Perhaps the classic underdog tale combined with the moral Christian values of helping is what led to the films overwhelming success. The story is interesting enough and does not force some of the elements that a Disney rendition of the film may have had. The Blind Side is what you would expect, and not much else.
My fears were unfounded, and one cannot, it appears, judge a film by its trailer. This is one of the best mainstream films about Christians I've ever seen, possessing charm, integrity, and honesty in spades. Bullock's stab at a Southern accent, while dubious in a two-minute trailer, is actually quite convincing when viewed in the complete film. She truly loses herself in the role, and much to my surprise, I'd like to see her win an Oscar for her tough-love portrayal of a woman whose cannot help but help others. Country-music superstar Tim McGraw, as her husband, proves himself a capable actor, Granted, he doesn't have to do any heavy emotional lifting in the film, but his ability to deliver lines of dry humor was an unexpected delight. Newcomer Quinton Aaron, as the young man helped by Bullock's family, conveys a great deal of pain, sorrow, and joy with his eyes.