The Blind Side

2010-03-23 09:19
 
The Blind Side

What it's about:

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a poor, uneducated and rather large young man who's finding it difficult to adapt at his new school. When Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) takes him in for the night, she soon comes to realise that he needs much more than a couch to sleep on, and she can give it to him. The Tuohy family help Michael use his size to his advantage on the football field while trying to tread the fine line between assisting and persisting.

What we thought of it:

Life is just too short to over-think things. It's this "just do it" attitude and real-life charm that elevates The Blind Side from a Hallmark channel special to something Oscar-worthy.

Leigh Anne Tuohy could be your average, rich Southern version of a kugel. She could also so easily have helped Michael Oher just for the charitable brownie points. Instead, she follows her instincts. While everyone (including her own family) assumes that this 'coloured' (still a widely used Southern term for African-Americans) boy sleeping on their couch is going to hightail it out of there with the silver, Leigh Anne takes the leap of faith that young Michael so desperately needs.

Bullock draws on many of her previous roles to create a multifaceted Leigh Anne. You'll see her sexy strut and defiant feminist streak from Miss Congeniality, the take-no-nonsense, always in control attitude from The Proposal and her signature finger-pointing. Something we haven't seen before is the blonde hair, which looks great atop her impeccably styled, drop dead gorgeous body. Ugh, and she's a charming, funny and sweet woman to boot! I'm not sure if I'm ready to concede that Sandra deserved that Oscar for this role, but it's definitely her best to date in my books.

This story is special because no one treats it like it's special. The Tuohy family doesn't go out of their way to make Michael feel at home; he just is. This is best illustrated when an old friend calls the Tuohys to ask: "Do y'all know there's a coloured boy in your Christmas card?" Quinton Aaron uses fragile silence and a face like a picture book to depict Michael's inner confusion and bewilderment. Despite being out of his comfort zone, Michael takes to the Tuohys like a Southerner to football (the American kind, of course).

Country singer Tim McGraw gives great support to his leading lady as Sean Tuohy (don't you just love saying that name – too wee?), but almost everyone is outshined by the youngest Tuohy, S.J. (Sean Jr), played by Jae Head. He's the most excited out of the bunch to have a new big brother. It's just too precious seeing this really big guy and his really little brother be the best of friends.

The film cleverly touches on many social and political talking points without ever forcing you to take a side. From race to party alignment and the life-or-death choice of tertiary institution, it's firmly present in the real world. Up until the last few corny minutes, that is. But sometimes audience members need these sentimental lines to connect the dots, so we'll give it to them.

The Blind Side will touch your heart and make you cry – then snap you out of it and say "Well, alright then".


Sandra Bullock is pure gold as a Southern mama who defies her conservative neighbourhood and adopts a neglected black teenage boy.

loudmouth 2010/03/19 8:31 AM
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Thanks to channel 24 for letting us see the the movie at Hyde Park on wednesday evening. The movie itself was really genuine, although lambasted by some member of the US press as being racist, you got to see the movie for what it is. Someone helping out of the goodness of their heart. Dont judge it before you see it. Be warned though, tissues are a pre-requisite
The Don 2010/03/19 9:31 AM
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Awesome movie and I love the fact that it was clean! you don't often get a movie that has hardly any swearing and zero nudity scenes. I must admit that I believe that Sandra was deserving of the Oscar because she played that role so well. A must see people!
Celesté 2010/03/19 10:55 AM
Just reading this write up makes me want to go and watch the movie - fab writing! Plus, I'm a total Sandra Bullock fan so I know it's going to be worth paying to see.
Teresa Vranic 2010/03/19 11:15 AM
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Yes, Sandra Bollock most definitely desires an Oscar for this specific film. I enjoyed it immensely. Worthly of your precious time so make an effort to go and see.
Loved it 2010/03/19 3:49 PM
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Definately the a very good movie and she really deserved to win best actress award. I would recommend it to anyone to go and watch it...my husband enjoyed it as much as me.
Kelley 2010/03/19 5:04 PM
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I saw this as well and thought it was brilliant. Sandra Bullock was absolutely fantastic. It helped that she was supported by a great supporting cast. And SJ was just hiliarious. I say she deservered her Oscar for it.
cobus 2010/03/21 12:10 AM
Sandra you are the one and I say yes yes yes
Mollie Kruger 2010/03/22 2:18 PM
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From the moment where Bullock picks up the boy next to the road to the final credits, it was quite an emotional trip touching a lot of relevant social dilemmas. Brilliantly made en enjoyable, although I still don't anything about American football.
brenda 2010/03/22 4:12 PM
Ive watched this movie and its like a movie Ive watched b4 only with different characters but sandra definetly out did herself she deserves an oscar....I love her movies
Sherna 2010/03/23 9:19 AM
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I have watched the movie and yes she deserves an Oscar, from the moment the movie starts it keeps you glued to the screen, tissues are definately required.
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