The Blind Side
Someone’s been drinking their milk.

Theatrical Release Date: 11/20/2009
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Ray McKinnon, Kim Dickens, Adriane Lenox, Kathy Bates

“The Blind Side” is the extraordinary true story of Michael Oher (Baltimore Raven’s 2009 NFL Draft pick) and the Tuohy family. I truly believe that this is movie is an instant classic in the making; an uplifting, inspirational, heart warming true story of love, redemption, and hope. I went to this film expecting a mediocre, mushy sports movie whose plot has been completely given away by the trailers, but walked away, pleasantly surprised, having seen a fantastic journey through the life and experiences of one “family.”

One of the things I found particularly charming about this film was its superb character development. It was refreshing to finally see a movie take the time to develop not one, but several characters. Even more astonishing though, was that this character development was well done and never felt forced or contrived. Characters were unique with their own perspectives and personalities. Their individuality was further strengthened by the interplay between characters.

“The Blind Side” was superbly cast and incredibly well acted. Casting was phenomenal, really capturing the essence of the actual people being portrayed. Sandra Bullock did a sensational job portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy, giving audiences the finest performance of her career. Honestly, the caliber of her performance should at least earn her an Oscar nod.

The biggest surprise by far, were the performances of relative new comers Jae Head and Quinton Aaron, who simply stole the show with their portrayals of S.J. Tuohy and Michael Oher. Their relationship as brothers was a compilation of dichotomies including size, personality, age, and ethnicity bridged by love and friendship.

Costuming, sets, hair, and make-up were excellent. Cinematography and direction were wonderful with a strong, inspirational soundtrack. Script was amazing. It was thought provoking, funny, and touching making this movie is a unique combination of docudrama and comedy.

Although this movie is about football, it’s not a true classic sports film; truthfully, football is more of a byline in this intricate plot. This is the first movie in a long time that has made me want to learn more about the people and story behind it. Not only will the movie be joining my collection, but I also look forward to reading the book (Blind Side: Evolution of the Game by Michael Lewis) in the near future. This is a must see movie, destined to become one of the great classics. Stay through the credits as the movie uses photos and videos of the real family as an epilogue of where the story is now. “The Blind Side” is not nearly as sappy as I suspected, but it is truly heart warming, earning an ecstatic 5 of 5.