Excerpt: "Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he's found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother.
Excerpt: The old saying is there are only seven original plots, repeated over and over again. When it comes to the sports film, there are really only two: the players overcome all obstacles and win, or they lose but discover their own strength in the process. And maybe that's a good thing, as it forces filmmakers to focus more on their characters and what sets them apart from everyone else, rather than the mechanics of the narrative.
Excerpt: I used to really dislike Sandra Bullock. Really I did. I didn’t have any specific reason why, but something about her just rubbed me the wrong way. To complicate matters I actually really liked her movies like “Demolition Man”, “Speed” and “While You Were Sleeping” are perhaps three of my favorites.
Excerpt: It's too bad for Sandra Bullock that The Blind Side will most likely find its biggest following among football fans, the religious right, and parents looking for anything to watch while their daughters are down the multiplex corridor shrieking at New Moon . Bullock delivers a terrific performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the Memphis woman whose family's adopting of homeless young Michael Oher set the groundwork for his education and eventual advancement to the National...
Excerpt: "Michael Oher knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he's found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother.
Excerpt: In the 2009 NFL draft, Michael Oher's rags-to-riches story reached new heights when he was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. I love inspirational sports stories, and this is one of the best I've seen in years. The performances are outstanding, especially by Sandra Bullock, who won her first Oscar for the role, and by young Jae Head, who provides a lot of comic relief in an otherwise dramatic subtext.
Excerpt: The Film Sandra Bullock recently nabbed herself an Oscar for her performance in The Blind Side . We still aren't sure whether it was justified or if she's just the next Marisa Tomei. That said, it's hard not to be a member of Team Sandy, and we can't deny that this is a pretty effective sports movie -- just with less sports than we're actually used to in a sports movie. That's because Bullock is the center of attention here.
Excerpt: The final shot of The Blind Side , at least before the obligatory text to inform all of what happened in real life, is on Leigh Anne Touhy (Sandra Bullock). She smiles if she has accomplished something great, and has now been rewarded for her struggle. Huh? To her credit, she did take in a homeless, tall, hefty teenage boy. She put him on the proper path, and pushed him to do the right thing.
Conclusion: This one is a no-brainer. Buy this film. Buy it on Blu-ray and buy it now. No decent film collection should be without this touching, original, true story that garnered an Oscar for its lead, Sandra Bullock. It is a beautiful story that delivers 128 minutes of a very moving experience with an Academy Award-winning performance.
Conclusion: Better than the bulk of both against-all-odds sports movies and soul-nourishing family dramas, 'The Blind Side' reflects the resolution and sugar-free warmth of its central characters, avoiding cheap sentiment and over-the-top heroics to become a supremely satisfying film. Few phony notes disrupt this tale of unconditional love and acceptance that features the finest work of Sandra Bullock's career.