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It might strike some viewers as a little too pat, but The Blind Side has the benefit of strong source material and a strong performance from Sandra Bullock.
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The movie is done with crispness, vigor, down-home humor, and an over-all tang of good feeling, but the pushing of buttons is the work of extraordinary calculation.
As a fable about the power of giving, it hits pretty hard.
A Photoshopped image of reality that is bland, parochial, and stereotypically acted by a cast who have nothing like the subtlety and range of Trey Parker's puppets from Team America: World Police.
Quite how Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar for her one-note turn as bleached supermum Leigh-Anne is a mystery, since it transforms a potentially worthwhile character study into a grandstanding star vehicle.
Its superficiality keeps it from being the moving story it could have been.
However obvious, The Blind Side is touching -- despite its habit of dropping major character notes into the melody without warning.
This is a horrid film, and I hated it, and while, I suppose, you can't argue with a true story, you can always argue with the way it is told.
... I must say that I doubt I'd like the film as much had it not been Christmas and just a plain ole good family flick to see with my mom.
[It] is all about the family's altruism and turns a blind eye to silent Michael, with father Sean offering up the excuse: "Michael's gift is his ability to forget." I'm not convinced but that didn't stop me from enjoying the film and admiring Bullock.
The movie is very familiar -- you've seen it all before -- but it succeeds at achieving its modest goals.
It's certainly a heartwarming tale and Bullock delivers a big, ballsy performance as the indomitable Tuohy - but Oscar-worthy? What were they thinking?
Serves its purpose by making the audience tear up in some moments and cheer in others. It's a total button-pusher, but it does so in a very good way.
While the politics of this are extensively offensive it's packaged as innocent entertainment, hiding its "some of my best friends are black" subtext in plain view. As bad as Reefer Madness was about marijuana, and a career low for Bullock.
A patronizing drama that uses a manipulative narrative structure to make you buy its disgusting message that for a black young kid such as Big Mike to succeed in life, he should follow closely what he is told by his "white Republican saviors," for only they know what is best.
although this film has its cliche moments, it is far better than the normal run of the mill feel good sports movie. bullock and bates were both very good, and michael oher's story is a special one. the film was filmed especially well and most of the dialogue was compelling. a rare film among recent sports films in that i strongly recomend it.
Sandra Bullock is rapid and compelling in this true story of tragedy-turned-triumph. The Blind Side is an enjoyable that some may consider a bit too soft or safe. Though it won't completely win moviegoers over, they'll still be in awe of the bold lead actress. 4/5
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