The Blindside starring Sandra Bullock – A Movie Review of Sorts

by on December 8, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock

This is a movie review about The Blind Side, whose notable cast members include Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins & Kathy Bates.

It is directed (& written) by John Lee Hancock (2002’s The Rookie).

Quinton Aaron in The Blind Side

The Blind Side is a true story adapted to the movie screen about a woman, Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock) who takes a liking to a homeless young man named Michael “Big Mike” Oher (Quinton Aaron). If you’re a football fan, you already know how this story ends, but if you’re not, you’re in for a wonderful story of human compassion that starts touching your heart from the get go, and that was so unfair, to start pulling heart-strings before the 2nd act!

Usually when starting up a movie that you know has a great emotional story, the tears start to flow near the end of the movie. This flick grabs you early on and find yourself getting emotional charged early as you meet Michael “Big Mike” Oher (played by Quinton Aaron).

I’m injecting my closing sentence from my movie review here because the rest of this article is pretty much what some would consider spoilers:

The Blind Side turned out to be an incredible movie experience and I’m glad I settled in to finally watch it. Also, Sandra Bullock never looked better.

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Quinton Aaron in The Blind Side

Through the movie we experience his reluctance to participate in life and he’s become that way through some tragic events in his upbringing. We discover just how destitute his familial situation is. One night Leigh Anne (Sandra) encounters Michael and through a short series of conversational moments, seems to understand that Michael doesn’t have a home to go to. She also learns from her instincts, that he’s an O.K. kid. She invites… OK, maybe she takes Michael home and under her wing.

After getting him home she then learns about him, his story and his challenges. She deals with her own social circle of friends who seem to have an issue with her bringing a stranger into her home, she learns how to engage him in life and she takes up the cause to help Michael become educated. The goals become higher when everyone realizes he has a raw, undiscovered talent on the football field. And this woman is willing to get down and dirty and deal with the crap that surrounds perceptions and social situations with Michael.

Jae Head and Quinton Aaron in The Blind Side

The learning to learn part of the story is a tough go with a rewarding ending, and the coaching on the football field is sometimes funny and sometimes emotional. (Believe that or not!) But the coaching doesn’t end there. The whole family gets involved as the daughter, Collins (Lily Collins) learns accept Michael and S.J. (Jae Head) takes Michael under his wing and spends all his spare time running Michael through his football drills and other things.

Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Quinton Aaron and Lily Collins in The Blind Side

In the end, Leigh Anne & her family beats the system & her peers and defeats perceptions about the boy as she teaches him what he needs to know to tackle life. (No pun there! Really) And more importantly, he becomes a part of the family.

In the end, he gets his grades up there and qualifies for an NCAA Division scholarship. The movie ends there, but in life Michael Oher went on to become a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. After joining the Ravens, he helped set franchise records starting with his first game start in 2009 and continues to set various records to this day.

Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

The Blind Side turned out to be an incredible movie experience and I’m glad I settled in to finally watch it. And I for one think I’ve never seen Sandra Bullock look as gorgeous as she did in this movie. She had this ferocious, beautiful intensity she brought to the character on-screen that really hit home with this movie watcher.

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The Blind Side [Blu-ray]

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