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Movie Review: Blind Side January 18, 2010

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Saw this in the theater, but… Netflix Synopsis: Oversized African American Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean (Tim McGraw), Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL. Based on Michael Lewis’s bestseller, this inspirational sports tale also stars Kathy Bates as Michael’s persistent tutor, Miss Sue.

I am pretty sure I know why it has taken me some time to write this review… besides maybe that I just cranked out about 15 others in the last few weeks. But this was one of the best, most inspirational stories of the lot. Bullock was exceptional as usual… and seeing the pictures that played during the credits was awe-inspiring to see how well they cast her. I thought Tim McGraw was also better than expected. But the “child” actors really stole the show here. To think about how well they can present different characters and make it feel like you were there was the most enjoyable part.

The thing that is hard to admit about this movie is that age old … “what would you do in this situation?” question. This movie is moving and uplifting, but in the same light it opens our eyes to the problems of our society and weaknesses that we all have. I wish I could sit here and say, “heck yea, I would have opened our home and been able to be as strong and supportive as this family.” What happened in this story could play out over and over throughout our country and we would not even scratch the surface. And add to that the horrific happenings in Haiti going on at this moment and I think anyone that can read this on their own computer should/would feel inferior.

Without a doubt, this movie makes me want to be a better person in 2010 and beyond. To be a better husband, parent, son, sibling, friend, co-worker. Just better. I will strive to volunteer more of my time and energy into things that are important to me in the coming years. Thank you to all involved in the production of this movie for sharing a tremendous story of giving.



1. Nova - January 20, 2010

Excellent review. My thoughts exactly! The movie inspires you to be a better person! loved it 🙂

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