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Movie Review for The Blind Side Starring Sandra Bullock, Tom McGraw, and Quinton Aaron

The Blind Side: An Unexpected Delight

It's not that the trailer for The Blind Side isn't compelling; the problem is that it combines Sandra Bullock's twangiest, most-over-the top lines with a heartrending song, which makes it seem schlocky. That's exactly what I expected from the movie, but I have to admit that I was wrong — to my surprise, I found it to be a sentimental gem that's actually quite restrained.

The Blind Side is the true story (based on Michael Lewis's book) of NFL player Michael Oher, who grew up in Memphis's projects with his drug-addicted mother and landed in and out of foster homes. He ended up in a fancy private school and in the home of a wealthy family, the Touhys, led by tough-talking Leigh Anne (Bullock). The weaving of Michael's newfound life in the movie is effective, with sweet bits of humor and just enough emotion.

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The movie is full of many surprises: first, it looks like it's going to be mainly about football, but it's not all sports. There is proper attention given to Michael's life before he's taken in and the development of the relationships between the Touhy family members and Michael.

Another nice thing is how smoothly Bullock slides into her role. It's not just her wardrobe and hair that transforms her into the high-maintenance Southern matriarch; her manner as the tough mom who's not completely comfortable showing emotion is very natural — not what I'd expect from the laid-back actress.

Quinton Aaron is also impressive as a sad-eyed orphan turned well-adjusted student and son over the course of the movie. It's not an incredibly complex performance, but his teddy bear presence is irresistible. The supporting players are equally as enjoyable: Tim McGraw, whom I didn't expect much from, is charming, while the Touhy children win you over with their affection for their new brother. The late addition of Kathy Bates (whose role is basically an extended cameo) is hardly needed to bolster the movie, but she adds a nice touch as well.

At two hours and six minutes, the movie is a little too long; director John Lee Hancock seemed intent on fitting in nearly every detail of Michael's journey. Then again, at the end you're rewarded with the payoff: footage and photos of the real-life Touhys and Michael. It's an emotionally satisfying ending to a movie that makes no apologies for being so uplifting.


Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.

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JuicyDumplings JuicyDumplings 6 years
I can't wait to see this!
JuicyDumplings JuicyDumplings 6 years
I can't wait to see this!
smileyface smileyface 6 years
My boyfriend and I saw this on Friday and we both really liked it. I think that there is enough of a sports theme where guys will actually enjoy watching it and even though it was a sad story and I will pretty much cry every time I watch tv or a movie where others cry I didn't cry at all. I think that was because there wasn't too much crying in the movie. I think that Sandra Bullock's character tried to be tough on him instead of pitying him. Overall a really good movie that I think a lot of people will enjoy!
smileyface smileyface 6 years
My boyfriend and I saw this on Friday and we both really liked it. I think that there is enough of a sports theme where guys will actually enjoy watching it and even though it was a sad story and I will pretty much cry every time I watch tv or a movie where others cry I didn't cry at all. I think that was because there wasn't too much crying in the movie. I think that Sandra Bullock's character tried to be tough on him instead of pitying him. Overall a really good movie that I think a lot of people will enjoy!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
i wanted to go see this yesterday but the place was packed with people for new moon. I was thinking about going today but my friend said not to bother unless I want to wait an hour for parking
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
i cannot wait to see this, like aeryn im a sucker for the trailer and love the premise
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
this movie looks really touching but I'll wait until dvd, I went and saw new moon today and got extremely lucky (it wasn't packed) but when we left there were 2 lines for the later showing already filling up.
care0531 care0531 6 years
Akasha- my theather was crazy too for New Moon (I was one of them) but they were all mothers going while the kids were in school!I really want to see this movie but I know I will cry- movies based on a True Story always get me a little more emotional and I hate crying in a theater.I think I will have to go see 2012 before this one.
care0531 care0531 6 years
Akasha- my theather was crazy too for New Moon (I was one of them) but they were all mothers going while the kids were in school! I really want to see this movie but I know I will cry- movies based on a True Story always get me a little more emotional and I hate crying in a theater. I think I will have to go see 2012 before this one.
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 6 years
Can't wait to see this! I was hoping it wouldn't be ignored amidst the New Moon mania.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 6 years
I'm glad you liked it because even though the trailer was "schlocky" I am pretty in to the premise. Plus, I love a twangy Sandra Bullock.
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I was going to see this this morning, but when I got to the theater there was no parking and the place was packed. I guess New Moon viewers were taking over the theater. I'm a bit amazed how many kids weren't in school today to go see a movie.
aeryn aeryn 6 years
The trailer may be schlocky, but if it comes on, I have to change the channel, or I immediately start to cry. I guess I'm a sucker for schlock.
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