A long, jumbled mess of a feel-good true story
- Who's going to like it: fans of feel-good movies and true story sports flicks (even though less than half of the movie is about sports)
The first trailer I saw for The Blind Side made
it look like a serious drama with a heart about a woman who took in a
homeless teen and taught him to be good at something he liked. The
second trailer made it look like a comedic sports movie, playing circus
music and slide whistles in the background. In reality, The Blind Side is a conflicted mix of both – two things that don’t blend well together in this case.
The Blind Side’s first half focuses on the homeless teenage character Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron, Be Kind Rewind).
With nowhere to go on a cold Memphis night, Michael is picked up by the
wealthy Touhy family (parents Sean and Leigh Ann played by Tim McGraw
and Sandra Bullock) who take him under their wings and give him a
anyone who knows sports, you know this as the story of the Baltimore
Raven’s Michael Oher. As amazing as the story may be, the movie falls
apart because it is such a bad telling of Oher’s experiences. While the
movie is full of dramatic and comedic moments, they don’t harmonize
well together. Just after a moment where your heart strings are tugged
on and you’re finally starting to feel something, a bad one-liner is
dropped, causing you to quickly lose the emotional connection that was
just established. It’s this dichotomy repeated over and over again that
ruins the movie. The acting is good, the movie is well made. It’s
within the script that all is lost. The result is a movie barely over
two hours, yet it feels more like three.
Although I’m just one person who strongly disliked The Blind Side,
people are going to like it. It’s that time of the year when people
want feel-good flicks, and this one is more “feel-good” than most of
those of the previous years – likeSeven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness. If you liked those examples or movies in that same vein, you ought to enjoy The Blind Side. If not, stay away. It’s sap and corn in it’s highest concentration.
(1 out of 5)