Movie Review: The Blind Side

“The Blind Side” is a real life story of the NFL (National Football League) player for the Baltimore Ravens, Michael Ohre or the Big Mike (As he was bullied for his physical appearance). Written and directed by John Lee Hancock, The movie is based on the 2006 bestseller “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” written by Michael Lewis. The film stars Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bollock, Tim McGraw, Academy award winner Kathy Bates and Heather Holliday Richmond.

Quinton Aaron’s performance as an estranged African-American, separated from family, deprived of home, lacking basic education and yet sober and light-heartened has been brilliant. His towering performance was equally matched up with that of Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, who being an orthodox white American lady with a family decides to adopt Michael Ohre and support him all throughout. The supporting cast has contributed to blend into the story with ease without looking out-of-place amidst these two characters.
The movie depicts the story of an 18 year-old African-American boy with a broken family who enrols to a Christian School but fails to sustain due to lack of ability to learn as he had never nurtured that ability. At times when most of the teachers were hesitant to help him out of this situation he was taken in by the Tuohys, a white American family, helped him with his schooling and also recognized his physical abilities to play Foot Ball game and encouraged him to pursue the game. The main plot of the movie is how this boy fights out his miseries to work hard with the support of a good family and achieve what could have been unimaginable without the Tuohys family. As a football player and student, Ohre works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

The movie has its share of drama, emotions and comic relief with a couple of action sequences (though, not alike Arnold blowing up a helicopter). Some scenes grabbed me by heart and made me feel strongly for the characters involved; like the confrontation between Michael and Leigh Anne when she moves him into a room in their house after he agrees to stay with them and he tells her that he never had one in his life, Leigh Anne asks him about the room but Michael was talking about the bed as he spent all those agonizing nights on a couch at his stepfather’s house. Leigh Anne’s meeting with Michael’s mother, her conversation with friends over lunch, her approach to take the family member’s consent to join Michael into the family are some of the most gripping moments of the movie. SJ, Leigh Anne’s son, Sean, Leigh Anne’s Husband, Miss Sue, Michael’s private tutor, provide the much-needed comic relief and ease through the entire course of the movie.

More than the technical aspects like music, special effects and other cosmetic features, the performances in this movie are the strong pillars and selling factor for the movie. This could be considered as the finest performance of Sandra Bullock ever, her matured performance as a mother reveals the abundance of her acting capabilities. As I watched along people cried and laughed, they could empathize with the characters. The significant achievement of this movie is that people were hesitant to leave the movie theatre even after the credits started rolling at the end. In my opinion this is a must watch for Sandra Bullock’s performance, though it could not be rated among the all time hits of Hollywood it could be rated among the finest movies of 2009.

Ikshwak Kandi

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