The Blind Side: Movie Review
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head,
Director: John Lee Hancock
So the film that netted Sandra Bullock an Oscar on the same weekend as she
scored a Razzie is finally upon us.
Based on a 2006 book, The Blind Side is the story of Michael Oher (Quinton
Aaron), a towering gentle giant who's from the wrong side of Memphis. Homeless,
apparent family-less and with no prospects at all, Michael's life is changed
when his path one day accidentally crosses with Sandra Bullock's brassy,
Southern sassy Leigh Anne Tuohy.
The Tuohys are from the right side of town; Leigh Anne's husband owns a heap
of Taco Bells and with their Christian way of life and ethics, they never want
So in the true spirit of altruism, the Tuohys take in Michael and begin to
offer him some hope - and some of that hope gives him the belief he needs to
play American football.
I know exactly what The Blind Side is aiming for - it has aspirations to be
inspirational and is clearly pitching purely and simply at uplifting. But sadly,
personally it didn't strike the chord.
Sandra Bullock is good as Leigh Anne but I couldn't shake the feeling having
seen other Oscar nominated performances that she didn't quite deserve to walk
off with the statuette - she does ballsy and headstrong with a heart well but is
it Oscar winning? Well that's for debate I guess.
The supporting performances are good - including Quinton Aaron who does a
reasonable job of portraying the down on his luck kid in need of a break.
I can see why The Blind Side did well in America and I can see how it will
resonate with some here but I didn't really feel like I was watching something
that was told originally; it follows a very set formula and is entirely
predictable in its story - although there was a hint of something a bit more of
a moral at the end (which was left unexplored), sadly The Blind Side didn't give
me the feel good factor that had been promised.