I’m a sucker for feel-good movies – be it a romantic comedy, an uplifting family drama or an inspiring sports flick. Consider “The Blind Side” directed by John Lee Hancock and starring one of Hollywood’s feel-good icons, Sandra Bullock. Prior to watching the same, I told myself that any movie tackling American football will never float my boat. But lo and behold, I was glued to my seat and completely relished this inspirational non-fictional screen adaptation that tells about the loving, albeit unorthodox, ‘mother-son’ relationship of an upper middle class socialite in Tennessee who adopted a gentle giant of a homeless black teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. The movie feels really good all around. There’s no mean bone at all in any of its characters. Some might quip that the plot feels too good to be true. But this is based on a true story.
If you get to watch the entire end credits as they roll out, you will see different photos of the real Michael Oher and Lee Anne Tuohy (and her family) and will most likely get a more heartwarming finale for the film. The acting is not extraordinary as it thrives on simplicity/sincerity but I have to give it to Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron for flawlessly portraying their roles with big hearts. In particular, Sandra’s Lee Anne Tuohy is so consistently characterized that you cannot fault her evenly-tempered take of the role. No wonder she has already won two Best Actress trophies (Golden Globe Awards & Screen Actors Guild) for her performance here. I bet she will come into the Oscar nominations with head held up high, plus a very good prospect of taking home her first-ever Academy Award.
Here is the film’s HD trailer:
video courtesy of YouTube/hollywoodstreams
The Blind Side opens today in Metro Manila and key cities nationwide. Also starring Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon and Kathy Bates.
Do catch a screening but better yet, watch it with family members along. The movie espouses on strong family values as well and it will surely be a good bonding time for everyone.