With all the news focused so squarely on her marriage, I felt compelled to see “The Blind Side”, which won Mrs. Sandra Bullock an Academy Award. And I wasn’t disappointed but I wasn’t blown away either. Earlier, many friends had told me that it was “okay but nothing to get too excited about”. And I can see their point. It’s NOT a football movie, which is kind of what the trailer made it out to be. It’s really about being a good person and a good parent, and in that regard, this movie is a breath of fresh air.
Will all the commotion that “Precious” made, you would think that the only time an actress gets any recognition is if she plays a total bitch or a beaten-down, down on her luck wisp of a woman. But in this case, Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, a Memphis mother of 2 who decides to take in a rather large man-child and treat him like her own. If you don’t know the story, you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere but the man-child eventually goes on to play pro football and everyone lives happily ever after. And that is exactly what happened and that is what happens in the movie.
Director & writer John Lee Hancock tries to add some drama in there. The man-child, Michael (or Big Mike), has had a rough life. He is from a torn home. His mother is a drug addict. His friends are all selling drugs. Yet somehow he is allowed to enter a prestigious Memphis school when the football coach goes to bat for him to get him in the school. Once there, he is an outcast, a rather large misfit in a really white school. One day, Leigh Anne invites him to spend the night at the Touhy home when she finds him out wandering the streets and from there it is all good for Big Mike.
This very easily could have been an after school special. There really isn’t anything bad to be said about any of the performances and the plot is pretty easy to follow. But the characters are all so damn likeable and everyone does the right thing throughout the film. There is one moment when Big Mike starts to doubt why he was asked to join the Touhy family and that is the only drama in the movie. And that was it. So…
Geez. What can I say? It’s a very likeable and enjoyable film to watch! Go check it out!
Oooor throw on some “Andy Griffith” reruns and call it a day.
Overall Rating: B