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Movie Review: The Blind Side

February 7, 2010

The Blind Side is based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game written by Michael Lewis about the life of Michael Jerome Oher, an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

The story revolves around his early life, when he struggles to survive without a family and without anyone to care for him. He got admission to Wingate Christian School (originally Briarcrest Christian School) with the help of his father’s friend Tony Henderson, who decided to tag him along with his son.

The scenes where he is taking popcorns from the gym, using a plastic bag as his bag, and only having two shirts which he brings to the laundry (secretly) depicts how impoverished his situation really was.  It was quite noticeable that he was the only white student in the school. As depicted in one of the scenes where a teacher reads a story he created from a scrap paper entitled “White Walls”, it gives the viewer a bird’s eye view on how he really feels while in that school, and the situation he’s in. His life starts to change when he met this little boy named SJ, son of Leigh Anne and Sean Touhy. This well-off family helped him become what he is now.

The movie, although it has a very sad storyline was surprisingly light and funny at times. You will be amazed with the unconditional acts of kindness that the Touhys did for Michael. The good thing about this movie is that it was written well for the screen, in which even the most untalented of actors such as the lead Quinton Aaron, will look like he was acting the way he is acting because it was supposed to be that way.

I am placing my bets on Sandra Bullock to win the Best Supporting Actress in the Oscars for this movie. She’s the one who put the pieces together, and I don’t think no one can play Leigh Touhy the way she did it. She played the sexy, feisty but kind mom in the movie really really well. The kid who played SJ, Jae Head was successful in injecting the funny tidbits in the movie.

I’m not sure if there was a racial issue tackled in the movie but I noticed how all those bad impoverished guys had to be in Hurt Village, and the well off ones have to be white. There was this divide that you can’t help but notice in the film.

I also felt that the family is squeeeeaky clean! A husband who just says yes to everything Leigh Anne tells him, no conflicts in the family which I think is very unlikely. I think this points are not tackled enough in the movie because they focused too much on the development of the main character.

If they goal is to be a light-hearted, GP movie, then they have achieved that. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it! I have no problem watching it again.

Rating:  3 out of 5 popcorn kernels

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