Friday, April 30, 2010

I heart this movie!

Title: The Blind Side
Format: DVD/Netflix
Category: Drama/Inspirational/Football/Christian
Rating: A

Description (from "The Blind Side" depicts the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

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Such an amazing movie! Great dialogue, talented actors, and a compelling story. I cannot wait to buy this for myself. Sandra Bullock definitely deserved her Oscar; my mom didn't even realize it was her because she's so used to the Sandra Bullock of While You Were Sleeping. Her character in this is now my favorite of all the characters she's ever portrayed. Her costars were wonderful too. Tim McGraw was great, and I'm so glad he decided to do another football movie after Friday Night Lights, especially since he has a much nicer character in this movie. The other star of this film, Quinton Aaron, was also amazing. He played the part of the shy and out-of-place gentle giant so well. I hope he gets a lot more movie roles. And not to be forgotten-- the youngest Tuohy, played by Jae Head, stole every single scene.

Another reason I loved this movie was for its take on Christianity. It is always refreshing to see a movie that doesn't portray Christians as crazy and legalistic. The Tuohys are strong in their faith and not afraid to speak out about the wrongs they see amongst their friends, even if it means losing popularity. They're a tight-knit family that tries to share Christian love with all the people around them. Most of the teachers at the Christian school are understanding and willing to work with Michael to help him succeed.

The movie wasn't perfect. There was swearing and sexual references, and one pretty violent scene. So it's not an appropriate film for the whole family. But it is definitely worth watching, and owning. A

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