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The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock gives one the most memorable performances of her career
"The Blindside" is perhaps one of the most uplifting films of the year. Based off the real life story of NFL player, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). The film shows a poor African-American teenager, whom has lived out on the streets with hardly anyone to rely upon, in his life. Struggling through school to keep up his grades, and suffering various conflicts with the law and a few hoodlums, in his troubled past. Indeed, it seems like Michael Oher's life was spiraling down a path to nowhere, until one day he met Leigh Ann Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Seeing the young man walking down the street, in the rain, she couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy, so she offers him a place to stay for a while. What originally starts as a simple act of charity, soon turns into a life changing event that not only influences Michael's life, it benefits Leigh Ann's as well, as she grows to embrace him as her own kin. The theme and storyline of the film is a bit cliched. Featuring the same feel good antics Hollywood films tend to push with these types of movies such as the classic "Rah Rah Rah" speech to play football, to overcome some type of diversity. Sadly, even though this film is based off a life story, it's already been done to death with other films like "Remember the Titans" and "Gridiron Gang", to name a few. Both coincidentally, also based on real life stories as well. However, what really makes this film stand out for me, would be Sandra Bullock and her chemistry with Quinton Aaron. Without her brilliant performance in this movie, this film would've been easily another cliched real life based sports movie. "The Blindside" isn't the best movie of the year by any means, but it's definitely worth watching.
Sandra Bullock did a great job in this movie, as the film does tend to rely heavily on her strengths. Like Marisa Tomei , in "My Cousin Vinny", where the film allowed her to use her regular Brooklyn accent and personality, she was able to excel in her role as the sassy yet smart, fiance. In "The Blindside", it has Sandra portraying a strong willed, sassy, and very confident girl with a southern accent, that plays very well towards Sandra Bullock's personality and strength, as an actress. Which makes this film worth watching.
Plus, her chemistry with Quinton Aaron, was top notch. As some of the film's best moments were when her and Quinton were together. In many scenes, like when Leigh Ann tries to teach Michael how to be a football player, or the heartfelt speech she gives to him at the end, will touch anyone's hearts watching it.
The only sad thing this film suffers from being cliched and predictable. "The Blindside" doesn't really offer too much in terms of originality, as we've seen many stories like this before on the big screen. Where either a individual or group, overcome some type of harsh diversity through playing football or some other sport, with the guidance of some harsh mentor like "Gridiron Gang" or "Remember the Titans."
"The Blindside" with all its flaws, is still one of the most uplifting films of the year. Featuring a strong performance by Sandra Bullock. "The Blindside" is perhaps one of the most inspirational films of the year.