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Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Blind Side (Directed by John Lee Hancock)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, and Quinton Aaron

She said:

From an English person's point of view this film could have turned out to be an American Football movie and therefore alien to myself. But it wasn't. Yes this film is based around a guy who becomes a famous American Footballer but the film is about so much more than that. It is about misconceptions, depth, loyalty, love, compassion and family.

It also isn't just a film about a black man in a white family. To me this film was about a boy from a disadvantaged background being giving a chance to shine. Oher (the boy) starts as an underachiever but anyone watching the film who thinks he is simple or thick is much mistaken. Here is a boy who is bright, clever and willing to learn, all he needs is a bit of attention and encouragement.

It is this aspect of the film that really got me because there is so much truth in that - I want teachers to watch this film and learn. Youths shouldn't be dismissed away because they struggle. With a little nuture everyone can shine. That is what this film is about for me.

The film this most reminded me of was Erin Brockovich for several reasons; they are both true stories, they both deal with misconceptions and underestimating people because of how they look or behave, and they both have very strong lead females. Bullock very much deserved her Oscar for this role as the fiesty, strong-willed mother completely devoted to her family.

This film is a gem. I strongly recommend everyone watch it. It has a strong heart but is not cheesy at any point. I happily give this a {{{5 out of 5}}}

He said:
It seems to be such a rare and unexpected exception to the rule, when I look forward to movie prior to seeing it and it turns out to be better than I had thought. I am very happy to report that the Blind Side is that exception. This is a wonderful film. It was released in the states in November, but only just came out last Friday on this side of the pond.

This film has all the heart of films like Rudy, Radio, and Remember the Titans and with about two thirds less American Football. While the basic story is about a young man that came from an underprivileged (and at times downright frightening background) to eventually become a first round NFL draft pick, it never falls into the trap of being a sports movie.

This is a heart-strings puller type of film. With out giving too much away seeing Michael stand up for his new adopted family at risk of his own life nearly had the entire theatre in tears. This is a wonderful and fantastic film. Another that will happily sit next to the afore-mentioned of it's type.

Based on the true story of current Baltimore Ravens Left Tackle Michael Oher (pronounced OAR) This is a brilliant and heart warming film and definitely should be watched with your entire family. I give it {{{5 out of 5}}} with no reservations

They said:
This film was just released on DVD in the States. If you haven't seen The Blind Side yet, go and rent it tonight. Watch it with your friends and family and let us know what you think. If you are this side of the pond then here is a film that actually makes the £7.60 entry completely worth it.

[[[We give it 10 out of 10]]]]


  1. Hi Guys,
    I was planning to give this a miss but you might just have convinced me to give it a chance.

  2. Hi Ricky - Yes definately worth a chance! It is never going to be everyone's cup of tea but Bullock really does create a great balance of moving moments and sassyness. Let us know what you think if you do check it out! H & J