"We were wondering if you would like to become a part of this family."I finally caved in and saw The Blind Side on Christmas Day (despite my kicking and screaming to avoid the typical-ness of it all), and I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. I was surprised to see that Sandra Bullock can actually act (because she really could have fooled me from her abysmal, though entertaining, resume). I don't get why she's been the face of the awards race this season, but I guess after the long career she's had, you gotta give her a pat on the back (just don't give her that Oscar I've been hearing about).
--"I kinda thought I already was."
You've got your usual Hollywood format: Enter underprivileged Black male Michael Oher (played by Quinton Aarton) who's also slightly dim-witted. Now enter highly privileged white woman, the smart-lipped Erin Brokovich-like Leigh Ann Touhy (Bullock), who scoops him up and takes him into her home and raises him (even if it's just for the 6 months it takes for him to turn 18) as her own son. She gets him a better education and puts him back on his feet again. Since this is a true story, I can't really fault a hyper fabricated background/story and how he was raised prior to joining the Touhy clan. But you can certainly tell that the movie was slightly white washed for the big screen and slightly biased toward the Touhy family. Touhy for the first time in her life ventured out of her side of town to learn how someone else is living and in turn learned how to live her own life in a better way.
I wouldn't mind reading Oher's story in his own words in his book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Though, I must say that I doubt I'd like the film as much had it not been Christmas and just a plain ole good family flick to see with my mom. I think it actually could have been on Lifetime. But since it's Christmas, I'll say the movie was solid for the big screen.
Reel Talk rating: B