The Blind Side: Film Review

Researching a little on the Internet prior to writing my review, although it received wide popularity in the US, it seems The Blind Side did not win as much critical acclaim as originally thought. Then again, it is a typical American film, predictable with good overriding the bad. On the other hand, if that is the true story, there is little more John Hancock as the Director could offer.

The film is based on the true story: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis about Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take homeless Michael “Big Mike” Oher under their wing. With the love from the Tuohy’s Michael receives top quality education and after showing an interest in playing American football, was encouraged to succeed in qualifying for an NCAA Division scholarship. Michael Oher went on to represent the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.

The film represents the coming together of the rich and poverty-stricken and highlights how people from both spectrums of society can learn from one another. Although Sandra Bullock was believable as Leigh Anne Tuohy, I was not entirely convinced her performance was to Oscar standard. However, as she was representing truth, I am confident it was Bullock’s true to life performance that won her the much coveted accolade.

 Overall, the film was very enjoyable and emotional. The Blind Side is about more than American football. It’s about family and acceptance. It’s about the breaking down of social barriers and of course it’s the perseverance of everyone that helped Michael reach such athletic acclaim. The film naturally revolves around the question “what if?” What if Michael had not been walking along that highway? What if the Tuohy’s had not stopped their car and invited Michael into their lives? Before the film credits roll, Sandra Bullock’s voice rings true:

“I read a story the other day about a boy from the projects. No Daddy, in and out of foster care. He’d been killed in a
gang fight at Hurt Village. In the last paragraph they talked about his superb athletic skills and how different his life
might have been if he hadn’t fallen behind and dropped out of school. He was twenty-one years old. The day he died. 
It was his birthday.
That could have been anyone.”

Watching The Blind Side, I was definitely inspired. Give it a chance and you will be too. 


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cr
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 10:26:12

    Wasn’t sure I wanted to see this film but after reading your blog I think I will give it a go!


  2. alphabetgames
    Apr 01, 2010 @ 10:56:00

    Thank you! Glad you feel that way. Blind Side is definitely a feel good film but the humour embedded in the script removes the film from the ‘mushy’ category. Sandra Bullock shines through in this film, if you have enjoyed Bullock’s previous work, you’ll definitely enjoy this.


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