THE BLIND SIDE With Sandra Bullock Movie Review
The Blind Side, the new Sandra Bullock movie, was just released to theaters this Friday November 20, 2009. The Blind Side also stars Michael Oher, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, and directed by John Lee Hancock. The Blind Side is the story of an American teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy white couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.
If you are planning to go see the movie, here are a few reviews from around the web to help you make up your mind.
The Blind Side reviews may as well rate the movie by tears, not stars. As The Blind Side reviews make clear, the movie is a full-on, tear jerking inspirational true story, to get out all that white guilt. The Blind Side reviews are a little split on how many tears are jerked, but for the most part, the reviews hint that a few tears will be shed. Fortunately for The Blind Side, they chose a particularly unlikely true story to tell, and got Sandra Bullock to make a few emotional tackles. Read More
There’s a tendency to always look askance at any film in which the story focuses on an African-American who is given a helping hand by a white person.
Not that there haven’t been egregious examples of films in which the beneficent white person plays savior to the beleaguered black person. But not all films with that set-up are condescending, as some would have it. Read More
Sandra Bullock is batting 2 for 3 in 2009, not a bad average for the actress/producer whose career now spans 20+ years. The Proposal proved Bullock’s still adorable to watch in a romantic comedy. All About Steve showed the veteran actress isn’t immune to selecting lousy projects to star in. Thankfully, with The Blind Side we can forget All About Steve, put the past behind us, and enjoy what Bullock is able to pull off as a blonde in a more dramatic turn. Read More
The Film Stage
Movies like this tend to separate the cynics from the optimists. While it is based on an incredible true story (in Memphis, a well-off white family, the Touhys, brought in a large young black man raised in the projects named Michael Oher and eventually adopted him), the film doesn’t feel real all the time.