The Blind Side

2009

Action / Biography / Drama / Sport

192
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 256321

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Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
Lily Collins as Collins Tuohy
Kathy Bates as Miss Sue
Kim Dickens as Mrs. Boswell
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ElMaruecan82 8 / 10

The Blind Side is how Political Correctness can blind one's judgment...

Wow, can you imagine the nerve of John lee Hancock! How dare he portrays a family of good Christians, of wealthy people without any problems and expressing a strange and mutual feeling called love! Can you believe there's also a big African-American kid from an impoverished neighborhood, abandoned by a drug-addicted mother... only to be saved by the knights in white shining armor! And don't get me started on the sappy, schmaltzy, happy ending where they're all celebrating his entry In National Football League. Well, it's all based on a true story! But still, to pile up so many insults to political correctness and combine them into one movie!!! Now, I'll stop the rant. In case you hadn't noticed, I was being sarcastic. Now, let's be serious and consider what "The Blind Side" is truly about.

There are two ways to look at the sports biopic: a succession of clichés serving the images of good white savior, and giving a subtle unnoticeable flavor to the infamous "Uncle Tom" (some even felt Magical White Negro vibes in the performance of Quinton Arron as Michael Oher) OR you can just enjoy it as a touching movie praising values like love and family, and showing that sometimes, it's not about the ethnic background but the level of violence you've been raised within and that inevitably condition your chances of a successful life. In other words, the rich socialite Leigh Anne Tuohydidn't adopt Mike because he was black, but because he was cold, hungry and in clear need for help. His ethnic race had no more relevance than his size.

Speaking of his size, many viewers have criticized the prospect of making him play football, but this isn't an aspect where the Tuohy family had a role to play. The football premise is set-up when one of his friend's father introduces him to the football coach of Wingate Christian school Burt Cotton (Ray McKinnon), the coach is impressed by his size but "Big Mike" can't enter the team without good semesters' grades. It's during his struggle to find a way with studies that his life path leads to an encounter with Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). She didn't use him to satisfy some football- related ambitions but let's just be fair and accept that the guy was also born to play football, if not for his size, but for his wonderful protective instinct. Not to mention that he found something to do with his life and that brought joy to thousands of fans.

So give the film a break, it's just about the way loving and caring determine one's path. Take two singers with equal talents, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, look at the two men of their lives and how each singer ended, it has nothing to do with race, Houston might have had more talent than Dion but her life partner was trash and look how it ended up affecting her, Dion could count on the indivisible love of her husband René.That's all. The whole "Blind Side" story revolves around the importance of family and love as drivers, even religion is as secondary as race, it is cleverly used as the "marketing" asset behind Mike's recruiting but the film doesn't try to make 'market' it.

I'm not surprised by the critics though but they should really pass over people's heads. Quinton Aaron was also criticized but he stroke me more as someone with a capability to listen and whose first reaction after a gesture of love was to be surprised by it because he's not used to. But he doesn't refuse a gesture of love, he smiles and nods. Many times, I expect the film to play the cynical card or inject some conflict but I loved how smoothly it went, how everyone in that family respected and loved Mike, even Lily Collins didn't play the awkward or jealous teenager but was rather sweet and open-minded. Well, little SJ (Jea Head) got on my nerves a few times, but I loved how he negotiated with all the football coaches, the kid meant business! And finally, there's Sandra Bullock in her Oscar-winning role.

What I liked about her performance is the way she never overplays it, it could almost pass as a one-note performance until you get the idea that this is woman who must maintain a facade of cold formality and yet finds the proper way to communicate her feelings toward a kid with a totally opposite background, but that's her power, she knows exactly what language to speak and put some people in their place, she's really one cool mom.It's a good comedic role and very entertaining, which makes the more dramatic moments powerfully resonant.

There comes a point where the film questions the motives of Leigh Anna and allows Mike to have a rebellious moment, but if you know the real history, you won't be surprised that it's a feel-good movie, which is quite rare from movies that are not comedies. It's a good old traditional family picture that can be enjoyed on a second watching and a third, it it somewhat superficial but not in a bad away, the film doesn't just try to be some grandstanding hymn to tolerance but keeps it simple and straight and humorous.

The film was also nominated for Best picture, its second nomination, forcing the Academy to revise their criteria, it was in 2009 and I still remember how surprising the line up was, but retrospectively, there's something Best Picturesque about "The Blind Side", once you decide to cut the PC vision and look at it for what is is, a nice and tender family movie, touching, heart-warming and funny.

So let's not be blinded by the whole PC conspiracy agenda.

Reviewed by videorama-759-859391 8 / 10

A side you'll wanna see

The Blind Side is a wonderfully engaging film, a film you might just pass off as another Good Will Hunting, Finding Forester type pic. You would be right, but this is a fresh or refreshing movie, if judged against that context. The film features knockout performances from it's black lead, another reason there's such a high pool of black acting talent about. Big Mike, we'll call em, though he doesn't like it, has grown up tough in his environs. Currently living on the street, at the request of a friend, where we're not really sure if he's the father, he's accepted into college. A gifted athlete, yet no intellectual, his grade point average close to nought, Big Mike,we see can shoot basketball hoops more than I can wolf down Krispy Kremes. He's taken in by a woman- a school sponsor, where he becomes part of Bullock's warm wonderful family. Bullock who's pushy character kind of irritated me a little, does shine, in her pinnacle worthy Oscar nominee moment. This inspiring film you enjoy, the more it progresses. It'll surprise you and grow on you, like Bullock's little son and very familiar Malcolm In The Middle face. Don't be blindsided and pass this one off. Film could of done with a better title and Collins, what sort of name is that for a girl, which had me initially thinking one of Bullock's too.

Reviewed by gmwatling 10 / 10

Master Piece

This is definitely one of my favourite films of all time! the fact that its based on a true story makes the narrative of the film 10x more intriguing and interesting, it grips the audience well it did to me I was on the edge of my seat at points and then at other points I was doubting it convincing myself they were telling the story wrong. that's what grips us and pull us into the film, when we doubt that this can be real and we become almost entranced with the film and we feel like we know the characters on a personal level as we celebrate their wins and empathize with their loses. when Michael becomes part of the family it hits the part of you that celebrates the personal victories and strikes you when we realise just how deprived and ripped apart his childhood really was with him being moved from family to family and his mother being a alcoholic and drug addict. the film in its self takes you on ups and downs. I would with 100% recommend this film to anyone who hasn't seen it yet or is thinking about watching it. follow me on Instagram @gabewatling and send me your thoughts and own reviews!!!

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