Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Blind Side Review

The Blind Side Review

When a movie gets nominated for Best Picture and the lead Actress wins Best Female Lead you have high hopes for such a movie when you sit down to watch it. The Blind Side is such a movie based upon a true story and book by Michael Lewis, with Direction by John Lee Hancock (The Alamo) who also wrote the screenplay.

The true story of Michael Oher a NFL star is portrayed by Quinton Aaron (Mr. Brooklyn.) A homeless and traumatized seventeen year old boy who is wandering slowly through life with his head down. It's not until Leigh Anne Tuohy; portrayed by Sandra Bullock (All About Steve) decides to invite Michael into her home and family does his life start to look up.

When i watch a true story movie i usually cant help but ask myself if this could really be true or not, or if the producers have pushed to make it more cinematic of some sort. That question was high in my head upon finishing this movie and although I'll never know I'm sure, i can't help but wonder some things about this story's authenticity. Putting that aside the story is a very interesting one and one that can and should warm you're heart.

The acting is superb all around specifically from Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock. Both bring very strong emotion to there roles. Bullock takes grabs a scenes by it's ends and shakes it, she controls the screen whenever she is on. Aaron performs a great transformation of emotion and character throughout the film which counters Bullocks strong performance well. The rest of the cast is also wonderful and the connection with the family is the most fun to watch.

I have never been a fan of American Football and still don't understand what isn't about but fortunately this movie doesn't rub it in you're face. I'm not sure if I'm accustomed to having assholes in a Team that bully's someone but watching this and having no one bully Michael did seem odd. All in all i didn't fell The Blind Side was dark enough for a story of this nature. I do release that the Director was going for something of a feel good movie but knowing how dark Michael's past and life is i kept being turned of by the feel good nature.

The Blind Side is a feel good movie that also contains some funny jokes and smiles. Filled with good acting The Blind Side is a highly enjoyable movie by anyone.

Acting: 8.0
Writing: 7.5
Direction: 7.5
Production: 7.5

Overall: 7.62

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