THE BLIND SIDE
Review: This is a story of Michael Oher, a homeless young person who has drifted in and out of the school system for years. A caring woman Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband decide to take him in. They transform both their lives and his and become his legal guardians. He goes on to become an All-American football player.
Director: John Lee Hancock
Actors: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates, Catherine Dyer, Andy Stahl, Tom Nowicki, Libby Whittemore and Melody Weintraub
Genre: Biography and Drama
I really enjoyed this film despite not knowing anything about American sport. I also had never heard of this story until watching this film. Whether it is more well known in America I don’t know. The subject of sport in films is quite a common story in America. I do think that this is Sandra Bullock’s best film to date. Apparently, Julia Roberts was offered the role before Sandra Bullock. Julia Roberts turned it down three times until the role went to Sandra Bullock. At the time Quinton Aaron auditioned for the film, he was working as a security guard between acting gigs. After he did his audition, he left a card with his contact information and offered to work as a security guard on the set in case he wasn’t selected to play Michael Oher. For Quinton Aaron to prepare for his role he trained with the Georgia Tech football team in the spring of 2009. This is a story that I believed in and I also believed in all the characters and what they were all going through. I did find this story very emotional especially at the ending scene. Just some of the themes that occur in this film are generosity, culture, racism and most importantly the importance of family. At the Academy Awards in 2010 this won one Oscar Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock). At the Golden Globe Awards in 2010 this won one award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Sandra Bullock).