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Monday, January 25, 2010

[7.50/10] The Blind Side (2009)


The Blind Side (2009)

"The Blind Side" is a sports story, yes this is a biopic, but it is also in large part an interpersonal drama. It is rare to see a movie these days that relies on drama to carry it. Not special effects, lush historically accurate wardrobe, or astounding make up, but just a story that resonates with the viewer. That this story is based on contemporary facts makes it all the more resonant. Events that might have been handled superficially, predictably or exploited for dramatic purposes were instead presented in a nuanced and profound manner. The actors brought plenty of life to the characters they were playing. It was a pleasure to watch Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, making a somewhat minor character in the film memorable. Quinton Aaron's portrayal of Oher leans heavily to the strong, silent type, but there is a quiet grace and gentleness that comes through. Frankly, I've never seen Sandra Bullock like this before, because for one, she's embodied a character fully and completely, and secondly, she's not the center of attention. It's a nice change. All in all, "The Blind Side" is an emotionally satisfying drama featuring a bravura performance by Sandra Bullock as Mama Tuohy and an excellent script by director John Lee Hancock.

  • My Rating: 7.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 70% (6.2/10)
  • IMDb: 7.9/10

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Bullock was wonderful and should make more movies like this and less like 'All About Steve' crap.

nebular said...

Despite it was pretty slow-moving, the film was really entertaining! Yep, Bullock was fantastic! I also liked her in The Proposal. I thought the role suited her perfectly.