“The Blind Side” is based on the true story of NFL star, Michael Oher, of the Baltimore Ravens. Once homeless and abandoned, Oher was taken in by the Tuohy family who helped Oher live to his full potential. Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, the matriarch of the family, and in my opinion this was one of Bullock’s best performances to date. Her performance in this film is already getting some Oscar Buzz as well as a Golden Globe nomination. This role is really unlike anything Bullock has ever done in the past. Bullock has always been a great comedic actress, but this role really has shown another side to Bullock’s acting chops. Bullock’s portrayal of Mrs. Tuohy had such a great quiet strength that really transcended the screen which was really relatable. Watch the trailer here.
Not only was Bullock’s performance great, but the whole Tuohy family deserve props as well. Country music star Tim McGraw played Sean Tuohy, the supportive husband and father. Jae Head and Lily Collins played the Tuohy’s children, S.J. and Collins. The way this family supports Oher is truly inspirational in a similar spirit to other sports films like “Rudy” and Disney’s “Miracle”. From the way that S.J. helps Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) train for football and how the family makes it possible for Oher to improve his studies in order to be eligible for a college football scholarship.
The casting. Quinton Aaron, who played Michael Oher, may not have had a lot of dialog but his actions spoke louder than words. A gentle giant so to speak that you wanted to root and cheer for. Oher’s journey was not a smooth path, but had bumps and turns that he and his family were able to overcome. I also admired that the movie touched upon issues that are relevant even in today’s society.
What could’ve been better?
I think if the movie delved a little more into the Oher’s past, I think it would’ve been a more complete picture. Although I understand the movie is meant to inspire and showing the non-pleasant aspects of Oher’s life might have put a dark tone to the movie.
I really enjoyed the film. A great “beating the odds” type of movie where you cheer for the hero’s triumphs and admire those who helped in the hero’s journey. It’s a great family film that was touching with memorable performances. A solid B+ in my book.