Life through my myopic eyes.

The Blind Side (2009): Heart Warming True Story


Cover of "The Blind Side"

Cover of The Blind Side

The first time I saw this movie it was under duress. Despite being a huge Sandra Bullock fan, I am usually allergic to these type of films. I, for instance, hated the 1979 film, The Champ. This ‘tear-jerker’ was a big hit with audiences. With Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, and Ricky Shroder starring in this remake of the 1931 original with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper The Champ was a ‘lump-in-your-throat’ film that encouraged audiences to bawl their eyes out.

Manufactured tear-jerkers or ‘happy-happy’ films or ‘feel-good’ films are not my cup of tea. Then my daughter carefully explained it was based on a true story. I still was not convinced. But since I know my place in this world, I sat down and begrudgingly watched it.

I will admit that I fell madly in love with the film.

The film is about Michael Oher (pronounced Orr) who is taken in by the Tuohy family or rather he is taken in by Leigh Anne Tuohy and family support her decision. The Tuohy’s meet Michael when he is seventeen and he has been admitted into Wingate High School based on the school football coach’s recommendation. The coach wants Michael because he is huge and the coach envisions Michael becoming a crucial part of the football team.

The film follows not only Michael’s journey from his arrival to the high school up to his being accepted by the National Football League. It also follows the Touhy’s who adopt Michael and hire a tutor to help him get his grades up to scratch so he can get into a good university.

The only fly in the ointment, is the NAACP who accuse the Tuohys of influencing Michael’s decision about which university he will attend.

The Blind Side is  similar to  On Golden Pond. There is minimal violence (and that takes place mainly on the football field), no sex, no drugs, no knives or car chases and only a few guns. Unlike On Golden Pond it is based on true events. If you doubt that fact pay close attention to the last scene of the film where the real Michael comes out after he’s been drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and ‘poses’ with his family on stage.

Or you could just look at the pictures that run during the credits that show Michael and his adoptive  family, the Tuohy’s.

This is the kind of film that makes you wish more people were like Leigh Anne Tuohy and her special family. These folks gave a chance to a young man whose size was the only thing he had going for him.

I now watch The Blind Side often. It always affects me the same way. I laugh, get angry and get ”choked up.” A lot. I defy anyone to watch this film and not feel buoyant and optimistic after watching it.

Sandra Bullock has never been better as Leigh Anne Tuohy and Quinton Aaron is heartbreakingly brilliant as Michael Oher. The entire cast give great performances. Kathy Bates is delightful as the Democrat supporting tutor, Miss Sue  and towards the end of the film, I defy you to not really dislike the NAACP lady who browbeats Michael and makes him momentarily doubt the motives of his adoptive family.

The Blind Side makes a touchdown instead of just getting the first down. I would highly recommend that if you have not watched this film, to rush right out and grab a DVD or ‘stream it.’

I also recommend having a box of tissues handy.

Michael Oher at Baltimore Ravens Training Camp...

Michael Oher at Baltimore Ravens Training Camp August 5, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Categorised in: Entertainment, Feel Good Film, Film Reviews, Sport Film

2 Responses »

  1. This actually was a really good one. I’m not usually big on the ‘feel good’ stuff either, especially if they’re sports-related films. If you’ve seen one, chances are, you’ve seen most, if not all, of them. But this one was particularly good. I think this kind of movie really only stands a chance IF it’s based on a true story. I, for one, would have zero interest otherwise. The scene where Sandra puts the street gang in their place always leaves me grinning. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Goodreads

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 12,937 other followers

Blog Stats

  • 142,462 hits

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award

Inspiring Blogger Award

Inspiring Blogger Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging Award

The Sister Abigail Show

Activist, Author, Nutritional Consultant, Raw Food Chef

Charlottesweb

Sherlock, Star Trek Fan Fiction. Original Stories Too

Storiform.com

Writing Popular Fiction

Cornelius' Life Story

This blog is about me, growing up in Africa and now in The states pursuing a degree.

MovieScience101

Everything you need to know about science in movies

lionaroundwriting

Let us make an exchange - I provide stories, you enjoy them.

Espen Stenersrød- From Pen To Heart

Jack Kerouac with a scent of Henry Vaughn

Tonya R. Moore

Speculative Fiction Writer

Ludica

A storyteller.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Celebrating Benedict Cumberbatch, his work and his fandom.

pgcps mess - Reform Sasscer without delay.

Fight corruption in PGCPS. Innovate, Change and Transform - Create Transparency and Accountability Initiative.

Vonj productions

Inspiration received and put forth for the good of the people

LeonnaDenisa

Hakunamatata (^o^)/

Confessions Of A Hollywood Nobody

Every journey begins with a single... word

Pulsar Passages

What you see here is "come what may".

meganelizabethmorales

You're insane? We're all insane! Bwahahahaha!

Paul Laight

Writer. Filmmaker. Semi-Pro Comedian. Wageslave

C A M S H I E

Witness The Truth: Spot Your Greatness

Prowler Needs a Jump

Films of every stripe

COURAGE TIMES THREE

A fine WordPress.com site

All Food Cooking Recipes

The Original European Cooking Recipes. All Cooking Recipes. All Continental Recipes. All Mexican Recipes. Italian Recipes.

FY HI!

A particular remarkable and usually surprising bit of information

Words n' Clouds

News told by words, news shown in clouds

Abby Mabb

Snarly female. Occasional book reviewer.

Dream, Play, Write!

Today, make a commitment to your writing.

Indie Hero

Brian Marggraf, Author of Dream Brother: A Novel, Independent publishing advocate, New York City dweller

behindtheglamorsblog

This World Is Not Perfect Like You Still Imagine

Craig Lumen

Characters

Travel Magazine New Zealnd

For the Love of travel is New Zealand’s premium Travel Magazine

VentaForce

Network Engineering Software By Sankalp

Indo Africa Times

Reed to succeed in Africa !!!

Subterranean Cinema - Redux

the return of Don Alex

storyofthekitchn

FOOD & DRINK

Its me...pleasure!

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Eat Diamonds for Breakfast

and shine all day.

YONA PHOT©

Street photography, Travel Photography, Exploration Photography

Top of the Bottom Pile

My favorite part of the bottom is the top.

RyanOnFire.com

Speaking my sports mind at an incredible rate.

Healthcare Professional Development Institute - HCPDI

Healthcare Job Skills Training| Online, Face-to-face, & Blended| Continuing Professional Education (CPD)| Certificates of Completion| Associate of Healthcare Certificates|

环游K场

纵贯音乐大世界 K-Xpress

Celia Fitzgerald

"As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment in time." - John Mason

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 12,937 other followers

%d bloggers like this: