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The Blind Side
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04.22.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
John Lee Hancock

Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Quinton Aaron
Kathy Bates

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Michael Oher is poor kid from the projects who doesnít have a chance in hell of making it in this world until a stubborn mother (with a heart of gold) of an all athlete family takes him under her wing. Both sides have a lot to learn about one another as Mike discovers his true calling in life.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I donít remember hearing much about THE BLIND SIDE prior to its release, but what I do remember is the huge numbers it generated in ticket sales during the first month of its theatrical run. This has been a big year for genre Dramas that are based on true events but unlike PRECIOUS (a seriously overrated film, but Iíll come back to that later) this film shines for all the right reasons and won a place in my heart which is no small feat for this type of film.

The story was easy for me to get into as it revolved around football, or at least inadvertently. I thought there would be far more of the sport (loved the Lawrence Taylor shout outs), and despite Mike not really getting into the game until mid-movie, I was still more than pleased as well as entertained by how the film progressed and unfolded because the pace was well balanced for a flick that went beyond the two hour mark. The drama was well played, not too over the top but visceral enough to paint an appropriate picture and hit me in the gut when it needed to. Most films like this use the score to add a sombre layer to the atmosphere, not so here and Iím happy for it as sometimes itís a dead giveaway to coming events.

Sandra Bullock has come a long way in my eyes and is sensational here. I feel genuinely sympathetic to her current plight in the tabloids as Iím sure itís taken away from the glory she should have been enjoying due to this performance. I was thrown by the idea of seeing Tim McGraw here (still donít know how in hell his name would have come up) but in his defence, the guy delivered far better than Iíd anticipated and actually looked as though he belonged there. Big props to Quinton Aaron for a knockout character I couldnít help but root for and adore. Mikeís was a story worth telling and Iím happy to have been a part of it. Also, speaking of coming a long way, Kathy Bates lends her eccentric humour to the pot and again, I was happy to see it.

THE BLIND SIDE was bar none a fantastic film and the only complaint I have is that its deserving spotlight was eclipsed by PRECIOUS. Having reviewed both films, I have to say that this one was far better and the true dramatic gem of the year despite what the Oscars would have you believe. I did feel the family were far nicer than your typical rich folk (and I was expecting far more fire to come from the car accident) but I will admit that it was nice to see the Good Samaritan side of things for a change. I also felt that more info on Mikeís siblings as well as the incident from his childhood could have been further explored but at least it didnít hurt the story or make you wonder too much. This film is everything you could want in a heartfelt Drama and I sincerely recommend you see it.
THE EXTRAS
The Real Michael Oher: An Exclusive Interview: The real Mike talks openly about his childhood, the Tuohy Family, football and the inspired film. He seems like a hell of a nice guy.

Acting Coaches: Behind The Blind Side: Here we get a peek at the various College Football Coaches that helped inspire the film on and off the field. With this much help, itís pretty hard to go wrong.

The Story of Big Quinton: Actor Quinton Aaron was completely unknown before this and here we get a look at the life of an actor with a good many things in common with the star heís portraying. The best way to make it look real is if it is real.

Sideline Conversations: Sandra Bullock and the real Leigh Anne Tuohy talk together about Sandra becoming Leigh Anne, their first nervous meeting and the familyís impression of Sandraís work. The real son was scared that he now had two mothers.

Director John Lee Hancock and Author Michael Lewis: The director of the film and author of the novel sit down and discuss the transition from book to screen, finding the perfect cast, Michael Oher and how miracles can come true. Itís clear that everyone involved here was moved by this incredible story.

Deleted Scenes: There are four in total and this slim seven minutes doesnít show a whole lot extra, but these brief moments do add some depth to the character transitions and would have been welcome in the film.

Previews: There is a Blu-ray commercial, a couple trailers and a Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím not much for Drama, but this film made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The football side of things helped as I used to play, but all in all, the story was magnificent, the acting superb and the presentation was one I wonít soon forget. This movie isnít perfect, but itís damn near close.

Extra Tidbit: I wish my mom had been that forgiving when I scraped the side of her van after first getting my licence. Then again, I didn't even make it out of the driveway...damn trees.
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