Movies: The Blind Side

Blind side poster

Last Saturday was movie night for Mrs. Mook and me. We don’t watch a lot of movies together because our tastes are so different – it’s difficult to find a movie we agree on. After looking through the offerings from our cable company, we decided on The Blind Side – and I’m very glad we did. I had read a little about this movie and understood that it was based on a true story. I love football so we got our popcorn ready and settled in.

The Blind Side is the story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid, and the well-off white family, the Tuohys, who take him into their home, and hearts. “Big Mike” was taken from his drug-addicted mother at age seven and bounced around various foster homes. His story is sadly familiar in the lowest echelons of society.

The two main characters, Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher, Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, are outstanding. Bullock turned in a career performance which won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and an Academy Award for Best Actress. I also thought the supporting cast, particularly Jae Head (S.J. Tuohy), were very good as well.

There were plenty of opportunities for the producers and director John Lee Hancock to make a social statement with this film. Kudos to them for meticulously avoiding this and for telling a great story. Michael’s story needed to be told and this film does a fine job of it.

9 stars (out of 10)

Michael Oher

Michael Oher and the Tuohys

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