Swanner: Opening this week is The Blind Side. This is the latest film staring Sandra Bullock, about a white family that brings a under-aged, oversized and under-educated black teenager into their home and family guiding him ultimately to be picked 23rd overall in the 2009 NFL draft. Toeing the line between sports movie and heartwarming family film, The Blind Side succeeds at both. Brian didn’t want to see this movie … saying he didn’t think he could handle it.
Judd: Ugh, Sandra Bullock being a sassy, Southern woman donating her time, tough-love and abundant resources to aid an underprivileged youth. Was there a moment in the film where it was nothing but Bullock under a spot addressing the Academy directly pleading for an Oscar? Not that there needed to be such a moment seeing that the whole movie is a giant sham built around the most winnable formula. From the trailers alone, you can literally hear the producers sitting around a table talking about what elements from past recipients will increase the odds of a win.
Swanner: See you are almost totally wrong with this movie. Sandy plays Leigh Anne Touhy, a firm and a little sassy southern woman who never plays to the camera (or the Academy) and the movie tells a really inspirational story that never tries to go for the four hanky free-for-all that we see in so many movies of this type. The film is based on Michael Lewis’s book “The Evolution of the Game”, who also wrote the script with director John Lee Hancock, which follows the families fight to change this young mans life. You would have liked this film more than you think. I’m not saying you would have loved it but I don’t think you would have hated it.
Judd: Well then they should have advertised the movie better, because I kept waiting for the single glycerin tear to run down Bullock’s face. I figured they were saving the real waterworks for the movie, Tammy Faye style mascara and all.
Swanner: I agree that the preview looked like every other film of this genre. That would have been fine with me because I like the over the top tearfest but The Blind Side did just that … I never saw this film coming and never thought it was going to be so satisfying. I did want to mention the cast because there are some really good performances. Country music star Tim McGraw does a great job playing Bullock’s supportive husband and Quinton Aaron plays Michael Oher beautifully.
Judd: I don’t believe you, but I’ll soften my stance. At least now I’m curious to see it — at home, with my finger hovering above the fast-forward button ready to strike.
Swanner: Besides Bullock’s wonderful performance I did want to mention her hair and clothing. Her hair was wonderful, she’s lightened it up and it’s a great length to give her a youthful look with a real softness to counter her Proposal’s dark straight boss look and her clothes were just Fabulous!! The Blind Side gives Bullock has her best chance at picking up an Oscar nomination this year if the film does as well as I think it should. I definitely say see this movie if you’re as done with vampires and disaster films as I am.