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The Blind Side Review

The Blind Side

The Blind Side is a beautiful story. I wish there were more like it.

My review 4.5 Stars

If you are a football fan, especially if you are a Baltimore Ravens fan, you are probably familiar with the name Michael Oher. If you do recognize the name, do you know of his background or where he came from? Michael Oher was removed from his mother’s care at an early age by the state because she was a drunk and a drug addict and the state had deemed her as an unfit parent. Michael was placed in a number of foster homes, but he never felt comfortable in any of them and as a result he would constantly run away. Michael was raised by foster parents; he grew into a huge young man which earned him the nickname Big Mike, a name that he was not very fond of.

His last foster parents enrolled him in a Christian school. At first the school didn’t want to take him, probably because he was black, but they used the excuse that his grades weren’t very good. However, the coach of the school’s football team begged the school board to let him in, thinking that Michael would someday be a perfect offensive linesman. Apparently there is a preferred body type for this position and Michael was the perfect candidate for it. Of course Michael would have to get his grades up before he could ever play any sports in school. However, he had very little help from the school staff. They wrote him off as being lazy and stupid. Michael wasn’t stupid, he was just skilled in different areas, but no one took notice of that except for one teacher who decided to help him out with his studies. After she took interest in him, Michael began doing better in school.

However Michael had once again run away from the foster parents that had placed him in the school. He was essentially homeless. I can’t even imagine where he would go to sleep and as for food, we see him collecting uneaten bags of popcorn after a ball game at one point. Michael somehow got by, but just barely. However, his life changed the day that Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) discovered him walking on the streets in the freezing rain. There was something about him that indicated to her that he had nowhere to go. Leigh picked him up from the street and offered to let him stay the night in her house. She did this out of the kindness of her heart, expecting nothing in return. She did battle with herself a bit wondering if she had done the right thing. She didn’t know him from Adam, what if Michael turned out to be a thief or God forbid, worse, but she left it to the grace of God.

Michael ended up staying at the Tuohy’s house for a bit longer than one night. During Thanksgiving as the family gathered around the TV while they watched football and began to eat their “feast”, Leigh noticed that Michael was eating alone at the table. She took the initiative, turned off the TV off and ordered the family to have a nice sit-down Thanksgiving dinner at the table as a family. They all grunted, but they shuffled along and joined Michael at the table. (Leigh is the type of person that you do not question what she says, ever!) This made Michael feel like he was part of something special for the first time in his life.

The Tuohy family felt complete with Michael around and they welcomed him in as if he were one of their own, not just a foster child. For the first time in his life Michael had a mother, a father, a little brother and a sister and he loved it, he loved them, but what is most important was that they loved him in return.

The Blind Side is a really nice story and movie. In fact, it’s one of the best human drama stories that I have seen recently and it really warmed my heart and made me realize that we aren’t all that terrible after all. There are still people out there who are willing to put trust in others and do great acts of kindness without asking anything in return. It was just such a beautiful story and I wish there were more like it. Unfortunately, despite the selflessness act of the Touhy’s family, there are people that prefer to look at this in a negative light. These people look at this story and instead of seeing someone helping another in a time of great need they instead see racism. Those people opt to look at this story as if it were implying that all black people need saving by the white man’s hand. I think they missed the point. That reminds me when some women get upset at me for holding the door open for them. I hold the door open for whom ever. I don’t do it because I think women are weak. When Leigh Anne took that boy home I am sure she wasn’t thinking that black people need to be saved by white people. It is comments like that that are truly racist. We all need each other; no man is an island and shame on anyone who thought that.

You might have heard a buzz going around praising Sandra Bullock for her role. It is all well deserved. I hear that she passed on the role when she first came across it, maybe it was because she had to take a pay cut to star in this film. Whatever the reason was, someone finally talked her into making the film. I am glad that she did, because she was fantastic. I wouldn’t say the same about everyone else in the movie. The actor that played Michael was very weak and so was Tim McGraw who played Leigh’s husband. However, Sandra’s performance more than made up for everyone else. It is a pleasure to watch and I think anyone would be very entertained by this film. If I have to say anything negatives about this movie it would be that I thought they didn’t focus enough on the life of Michael Oher. I would’ve liked to have seen more of him and of his background. I would have liked to have seen more evidence of how Michael changed Leigh Anne’s life. However, Sandra’s performance more than made up for any negatives this movie and to top it all off the interactions between Michael and his new baby brother were incredibly adorable. What a wonderfully moving story!

  1. Jack
    February 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    “The Blind Side” will outgross “Star Trek”!

    • February 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      Interesting comment. Maybe you’re right, but it still has a ways to go. :)

  2. May 29, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Hah I am actually the first reply to this great writing.

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