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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Review of The Blind Side

Cute.

That’s about all I can say about The Blind Side. It was a cute movie.

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a large black teenager from a poor background with essentially no family support, is adopted by a rich, white family. The domineering mother figure, Leigh Anne Touhy (Sandra Bullock), cuts through all of the usual bureaucracy and gets him an education that allows him to go to college on a football scholarship.

If it wasn’t a true story, it probably would never have been made into a movie.

The film had a very Disney-esk feel to it, touching on but never really going too far into the pitfalls such a situation might encounter. But it didn’t try to be overly dramatic to its credit. It wasn’t hard to guess that the relationship would be seriously questioned at some point, and the NCAA provided the perfect villain.

No doubt, literary license was taken in the making of the film. The role of Michael’s adopted little brother in the recruiting process was good for some laughs, but a bit intrusive if it was depicted accurately. The final “show down” scene with the friends he grew up with has a moment where Michael avoids being shot in the head by almost blindly (no pun intended) knocking the gun away. Something about it came off almost as an ill-advised moment of slapstick, which certainly wasn’t the intent.

I certainly don’t understand what the so-called Oscar buzz was all about, for the film or Bullock. Then again, the film was ions better than Avatar, and I haven’t seen the other nominees or the winner in The Hurt Locker.

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