The movie focuses on the semiautobiographical life of Michael Oher. But they promised me Jujubees, so I agreed to attend the premiere. Camped up I am sure, but I go to the movies to entertained which the movie does in spades! I was pleasantly surprised by the movie, particularly it's more poignant moments. Michael's biological mother was portrayed with dignity and compassion. In the early scenes he has no dialog, but expresses so much just with is eyes and facial expressions. The character of Mike I think could have used a few more lines, even if he's supposed to be shy and reserved.
So when the Creative Loafers at sportschump. Then a strange thing happened. They remind us that Blind Side is not only based on a true story, it is a true story. Mo I just saw The Blind Side last night. The film also provides several moments of comic relief in the form of McGraw's occasional one-liners that help to break up the film's drama. He joins the football team, but lacks the aggression needed to make him a true star.
Oher Quinton Aaron is an over-sized, high school kid from Memphis' inner city with no academic records and a crack addict for a mother. Whether you like Leigh Anne Touhy or not in the end, she is certainly entertaining and Sandra Bullock does a great job of bringing her onto the screen. He scores a 98% in protective instincts on a high school aptitude test. All the actors really did a great job though for the most part. I am not a football fan baseball is my sport but I loved it!!!.
Blind Side is adapted from Michael Lewis' novel of the same name. Remember when Attorney General Eric Holder commented on how we were a nation of cowards when it came to openly discussing race? Just like the book, the film begins with a narrative of the game in which Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann's leg. Sandra Bullock as I have never seen her before, does a wonderful job, so different that the other roles she has had in the past. John Lee Hancock really bit off a lot when he took on this project-but as it turned out, it was not more than he could chew. Yes, this is a sports story, yes this is a biopic, but it is also in large part an interpersonal drama. I wasn't excited to see a blonde sandy bullock in a sports movie, I think that's what might have turned me off the most, but she did really good job! The only problem is Oher is failing English, which makes him academically ineligible to receive a football scholarship.
They welcome him into their home to sleep on their sofa for a night, which becomes a week, which ultimately becomes a legal adoption. Eventually, Leigh Ann attempts to adopt Michael, only to find that his mother's whereabouts are unknown and that his father is no longer alive. Leigh Ann, however, finds that Michael is highly protective and approaches him with a way to improve his football game. The movie kept my attention though and well. The film features several touching moments such as when the Tuohy's drop Oher off at college or when Bullock confronts Oher's real mother, who can barely remember which man was his biological father. Little by little, the audience is allowed a peek into Oher's upbringing, not a pretty picture, probably less so in real life. Leigh Ann, an interior designer and the mother of two children at the school, sees Michael walking in the rain and stops him.
I've been reading lot of horrible comments that are based solely on the issues surrounding the movie rather than the movie itself. I wasn't excited to see this movie, I'm not interested in sports at all. He did not ignore the racial or class differences of the characters in this movie, and he avoided using the movie to make a social statement with the movie. Events that might have been handled superficially, predictably or exploited for dramatic purposes were instead presented in a nuanced and profound manner. I have just returned from seeing the blind side. And Ray McKinnon as the coach has some expressions that John Lee Hancock should be awarded for his direction. How nice to have a positive movie this time of the year especially.
One teacher describes him as 'a fly in the milk. Once getting good enough grades to make the football team, Oher has trouble adjusting to the brutality of the sport. Without reading Lewis' book or knowing the complete Oher history, one might think the film is overdramatized, until the closing credits which show a sequence of real pictures of Oher being raised by Tuohy family. It moved along quickly and pulled me into the story and left me feeling inspired. It's just too difficult for filmmakers to recreate the drama that takes place on the field. If that's the case, his performance is dead on.
The Tuohy's, a well-to-do, Southern Republican family with a strong allegiance to Ole Miss, hire a private tutor Kathy Bates to help Oher with his academic troubles. As I have read even if you are not a football fan you'll like this movie. That this story is based on contemporary facts makes it all the more resonant. This movie should be an Oscar contender but I know these types of movies rarely ever win. The family works together to keep Michael safe and help him succeed.
It's a light entertaining pick me up film that would be an excellent choice to bring the family to, most likely the reason why they released it over the Holidays. Early scenes at Wingate Christian High School depict Oher as uncomfortable and intimidated in his new, mostly white surroundings. He allowed these character attributes to be what they were in reality, and told the human drama in an effective and sensitive manner. So much talent in him. It is rare to see a movie these days that relies on drama to carry it-not special effects, lush historically accurate wardrobe, or astounding make up- just a story that resonates with the viewer. Michael's harsh upbringing leads him to foster home after foster home.
With this movie, Hancock has demonstrated he is not one of those cowards. Oher buys into it, then lashes out at Bullock, accusing her of taking him in just to get him to go to their alma mater. He is accepted into a local Christian high school when the football coach recognizes his potential. It's rare to see a movie where there's a really strong lead female character. Eventually, Michael's grades are high enough for him to participate in activities.