The Blind Side – Sandra Bullock Shines

An extraordinary movie about the depth of the human heart and The compassion we as humans can, at times, show one another. Mix in football and you have a movie that will please everyone. You will be drawn into its charm and you won’t want it to end. The interesting part about the movie is it is based on a true story. Art imitating life.

The movie is based on the novel, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, by Michael Lewis and adapted to the screen by John Lee Hancock. John Lee Hancock (The Alamo) also took on the direction chores and created this heart warming tale without going over the top. His subtle weaving of the plot lines from the past to the present is handled with a deft touch.The ensemble cast all give excellent performances and Sandra Bullock shines in this role.

The story revolves around Big Mike who is black and a teenager with an absentee father and a drug addicted mother. Big Mike, Quinton Aaron, has had a hard life living with relatives and abusive foster parents. Big Mike is over six feet tall and has a massive body and looks intimidating yet, he is shy and introverted. He finds shelter where ever he can and resorts to living on the street at times.

Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sandra Bullock, (The Proposal) is a human dynamo of a personality and has married well. Her husband Sean,Tim McGraw,(Four Christmases, owns several chains of fast food restaurants and they live comfortably. Their son SJ, Jae Head, is a ball of energy and has inherited his father’s business sense. Their daughter Lilly, Lily Collins, is a popular girl on the cheer leading squad.

SJ befriends Big Mike at school with no fear about his intimidating size. Leigh Anne begins noticing Big Mike when she picks up SJ from school and asks SJ about him. Not long there after, on a cold and rainy night, the family is returning late from an outing. Leigh Anne spies Big Mike walking along the side of the road and her empathy overwhelms her and she firmly asks Big Mike to stay the night at their house. The next day Leigh Anne asks Sean if Big Mike can stay for a while. Sean finally agrees and laughs, saying he knew what was going to happen when she got that look in her eye. You could tell he had seen it before and she was on a mission. Big Mike agrees to stay slightly in awe of Leigh Anne and the warm family setting.

Big Mike has been noticed by the football coach Burt Cotton, Ray McKinnon, who instantly sees what a benefit he would be to the team. Unfortunately, Big Mike’s grades aren’t good enough to be eligible so the Tuohy’s hire a tutor Miss Sue,Kathy Bates, (Revolutionary Road) to help him. Big Mike finally makes the team as an offensive left tackle but, Coach Cotton finds out he is a gentle giant. He is playing miserably. Leigh Anne steps in and explains in a way Big Mike can understand what he is supposed to do. He then begins to play with incredible intensity and is unstoppable. Leigh Anne being a force of nature walks by and smiles at Coach Cotton and says he can thank her now.

By Amber