The Blind Side Movie Review

Based on a remarkable true story, this film has quite a lot in common with Precious, although this is a much more mainstream movie with a more white-liberal perspective. But it's involving and very well-acted, earning Sandra Bullock an Oscar in the process.

Leigh Anne (Bullock) is a Memphis housewife with a fast-food magnate husband, Sean (McGraw), and two bright, witty kids (Head and Collins). Meanwhile, the hulking, black 17-year-old Mike (Aaron) has been admitted to her daughter's posh private school, and Leigh Anne takes an interest in him when she discovers that he's essentially homeless. Eventually he becomes part of the family, emerging from his shell after a lifetime of abuse and discovering that he has a skill for American football. Although he'll need a tutor (Bates) to improve his grades so he can play.

There's an intriguing mixture of politics at work here, although everything is softened to make it more palatable for mainstream moviegoers. Leigh Anne and Sean are defined as conservatives, yet tap into viewers' liberal guilt as they generously reach out to this needy kid. Certainly, the sight of Mike mixing with this family is packed with both light comedy and dark irony, and there are some pointed scenes along the way as Leigh Anne confronts her housewife friends' prejudice head on.

Bullock runs with this role, creating a strong, deeply religious woman with a big personality and the ability to think outside the box. It's a refreshing mixture that we rarely see on screen, and Bullock gets it just right. Her interaction with the terrific Aaron is earthy and natural, and her scenes with McGraw depict a realistic marriage, with hilarious throwaway lines and moments of emotion. So if it all gets a bit sentimental, we can almost forgive the filmmakers their indulgence: the story itself earns the tears.

In the end, this is hopefully the kind of movie that will inspire viewers to break out of their closed-in worlds to discover how they can help others in sometimes very simple ways (not everyone has to adopt a gigantic orphan). And while the film hedges around the grittier realities of Mike's background, it does admit that the size of society's failure is pretty enormous.


Comments

The Blind Side Rating

" Good "

Rating: 12, 2009

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Guardians of the Galaxy is still three weeks ago from hitting cinemas...

Ok, So It's Official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is Best Marvel Movie, Ever

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars which stunned critics at Cannes and features...

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Line-Up

Lucy - Luc Besson Featurette

The cast and crew of 'Lucy' - actors Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman and Amr Waked, and producer...

Lucy Trailer

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

It’s that time again! Time for Comic-Con to make life a little bit weirder – and better..

Comic-Con 2014 For TV Nerds: Five Unmissable Panels

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5

Everyone’s favourite period drama of manners, ‘Downton Abbey’ is heading back...

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5
Advertisement

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to...

Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

If you can be sure of one thing, it’s that Marvel will keep putting out...

What's Happening With 'Iron Man 4'? Robert Downey Jr. Too Pricey? Colin Farrell To Step In?

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of "Brave" Festival

Damon Albarn isn’t exactly a stranger to playing in front of huge crowds at...

Latitude Gratitude: Damon Albarn is Thankful of


More recommendations

Advertisement