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Movie Review: The Blind Side

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 6 years ago

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Written 11/20/09

There isn’t anything better than one’s redemption and I think this is exactly what Sandra Bullock’s latest project has done for her in a big way. Her last film was a horrid experience in every way possible and what sucks is that I have nothing against the woman and always wind up liking some of her work. In The Proposal she played off the role of a bitch on wheels so good, she blew my mind. Granted the film wasn’t all that, but it carried fairly well and it didn’t leave a sour taste in my film reviewing mouth. However, the disastrous All about Steve was something along the lines of having been diagnosed with two terminal illnesses at the same time. I mean really… an obsessive nerd that goes to great lengths to chase a guy that wants nothing with her…? Hmm… sounds “funny” but I think only on paper as box offices all around the country totally disagreed. It was such a lame film. Everything about it… story, scenery, actors – it’s as if the studio just said “fuck it.” I remember feeling kind of embarrassed to actually admit I had seen the film. I also didn’t even have the mental capacity to review it. I think in a literal sense, the actions, and aura of the film spoke for itself. I mean really, is there anyone out there who saw it and can say they actually liked it? Really? If so, please let me know as I would love to engage in a conversation with you regarding the film and find out exactly what about it worked for you.

Moving forward… The Blind Side made up for the crap spewed by her prior release. This one if I may say isn’t anything new in the sense of caring people looking beyond color or social class because it’s been done before, but I think a lot has to do in the way a story’s told... especially a biopic. These types of films and books come and go, but I have to say this was pretty good. I think outside of other elements in the film, what caught my attention is that it’s not very common rich conservative white families from the south easily feel a connection with poor black kids from rundown hoods and broken homes and jump on the bus of humility, but as I do believe good people exist everywhere… these miracles do happen and I also think that not everyone who preaches living a Christian life is doing it for the sake of jumping on a bandwagon of an excuse to come off holier than thou.

Michael Oher (Aaron), a homeless black youngster from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys (Bullock/McGraw); a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

With much to the common thought of turning negatives into positives, yes, it’s clear that things in life can be switched from one moment to the next, but I really wouldn’t want anyone approaching this film with a mind-set of predictability because although the obvious is clearly stated, there are bumps along this ride. The emotion pushed upon Oher’s better living is so dramatic and overwhelming that it leaves your brain a bit exhausted. I don’t really think or see anyone being so laid back as the Touhy’s were as I’m sure there’s LOTS that was edited or pretty much omitted, but with lots of will power, desires can be accomplished…. Especially when imposed upon loved ones.

I think with the only downer if I may say is that the Touhy’s are way too patient and relaxed towards Oher’s situation. I really don’t see that one note action as realistic. However; the film is pretty inspirational in many ways pertaining to our approach upon our planet and its inhabitants. It also expresses a form of loyalty towards one another. Granted, life isn’t easy and there aren’t always any happy endings, but for sure I think we need to listen to each other a bit more and start pushing each other away a bit less as it seems like it’s been going on as of late.

Everyone in the film played a vital role within Oher’s betterment and because of it’s lay-out, the film will make you laugh, root and to an extent, cry if you’re a tear jerker. I heard a few sniffles. Aaron’s portrayal of Oher was pretty good I think. He didn’t over play any scene as it was kept simple and subtle and Bullock really took this role and ran with it. The passion between her love for the family and the will for a good result was awesome. It came off well on screen and also shocking considering the typical assumption of what many may have about a rich white woman from the south… and conservative no less. I think this is one of her best pictures ever and I guess only time will tell how this one will reflect on her and the rest of the cast.

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