“The Blind Side” The Good Feeling

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Adaptation, Biopic and Sports
Release Date: November 20th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

JJ Rating: A

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) just cannot catch a break in his life and yet he continues to stay the path of doing the best he can with what he has. Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) sees him walking down the street in the cold rain and asks him if he needs a place to stay. A bit of her “charm” is shown and she convinces him to stay. Michael stays a long time with the Tuohy family and everyone learns something from everyone else. The Blind Side.

It is one of the best Sandra Bullock movies I have seen. It is also one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. It was way better than I had anticipated. It is good. It is fantastic. It is a surprise. I knew going in that I would like it. I did not think that I would totally love it and even pay to see it again. I think one of the only movie, this year, that I would pay to see again was Star Trek.

Sandra Bullock demands attention just like it seems Leigh Ann would demand attention in real life. That is based on the photos they show in the credits and how they portrayed her in the film. Tim McGraw (Sean Tuohy) has great chemistry with Bullock. Awkwardly so, I would say. I would like to be on that set with Faith Hill and Jesse James watching as those two rolled around in the bed scene. Most likely they both were not there because of how awkward they could make it. It amuses me, though, to think of that situation. Jae Head plays the son and he and Quinton Aaron (who plays Michael Oher) have a great connection with one another. Kathy Bates plays Miss Sue and she’s charming as a strong willed teacher.

I do not know of Michael Oher in this way. I heard of him once or twice, but did not know he had (as do most people) such a rich past. I am always fascinated by how there are people (like in Precious) who have such terrible situations that they are in but they strive to do their best. I see myself in a similar situation and think of how I’d just crumble because I do that now with smaller situations. They have hard home lives that pressure them to be someone terrible and they fight hard to be better than their surroundings.

There is a lot to The Blind Side and I know that. The book must get more in depth and I plan on reading it. I don’t often read the book after seeing the movie, but I see how they must have cut out so much and still it hits the 2 hour mark.

The Blind Side was told in a simple manner and it didn’t get someone all wrapped up in it like some dramas. It showed a lot without telling a lot. It was like a teaser for the book if one is an avid book reader. It might annoy the book reader because of how much it evidently left out, but for a moviegoer that isn’t an elitist the film will entertain and leave you with a good feeling that many movies try to do but fail to accomplish.

I see and read about a lot of terrible things. I went on a cruise and there was a story about a woman that took money from a guy that was selling rain ponchos (so might be the wrong word). He was giving out change to someone and dropped some money on the ground and she took it. When told that it was not hers she said that he shouldn’t have dropped it. A simple dishonest act in plain sight is a terrible thing. Would she have been like Leigh Ann and offered her home to a complete stranger? No. So seeing a film that shows a big heart in action is great because maybe a film like The Blind Side will give people a reminder that helping someone else is not just for the movies and if it only does that for one person, then this film has done a heck of a whole lot.

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