Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Review : The Blind Side
The Blind Side : A film based on the insightful and genuine story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatised boy who became an all American football player and first round of NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Welcome to my newest review. 'The Blind Side' a film which tells us the story of Michael Oher and how he begins as a homeless boy hiding the events of his past to a professional football player brought into the care of a family who look after him and take care of him and put him on the right path.
So this film your main star is 'Sandra Bullock' and her incredible performance, her accent is very convincing and they way she approaches this role is brilliant. I really was taken under her wing in this. I am a fan of Sanadra as an actress anyway, but for me in this I really felt that this was the first time she put on a performance that was very heart felt and genuine.
Sandra Bullock won the oscar for best actress in 2010 for her performance in this, and it was well deserved I think, considering that for any actor its hard to take up challenges especially portraying real people, you don't have long and you have to get it right, so the acting would sometimes be secondary, and Sandra is wonderful in this all the way through, she plays a mum who cares about her family, loves her husband and really embraces Michael into her life.
The Film is based off the facts of a true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael Oher. Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has received little formal education and few skills to help him learn.
Leigh Anne soon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas how to best use Michael's skills to their abilities.
They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. Michael Oher was the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.
So it is a family film, and a film about families, how a family - this family lives and coinsides with an outsider and just accepts him as being one of their own. But there's also hints of racial prejudice in this film, and comments are made about skin colour. For example Michael is assumed to be stupid because he's black, when actually he's not. He's just not been educated properly.
This film is pure drama, and that's what counts. Pure drama, with a clear underlined message. 7/10.