The Blind Side

The Blind Side: Rich white family take in a homeless black dude and fund his transformation into an American Football star. Biggest shock for me was Sandy’s Oscar. She was believable, but showed no range, coasting in her comfort zone – playing the perfect, morally righteous, confident soccer-mum – in saying that she seems to be getting hotter with age! Not doubting her talent but getting one over on Mirren & Streep… dubious.  Big Mike was convincing as the unobtrusive, good-natured, underdog. Can anyone tell me why is Kathy Bates always an inspirational Southerner?! For me, this fell under the ‘comedy’ branch more than anything else, focusing on the inspirational and feel-good stuff and shunning any saddening backstory. It would help to know a bit about the American College system and American Football going in to this. It’s  a good story, told quite well but is so All-American, almost to the point of stereotype: the good Christian mum, American Dream dad, prosperous children, poor ghetto boy, blockhead coach… It was on track for a 7 but just refused lay off with the nicey nice.

Score: 6.5/10

  1. Castor said:

    Absolutely agree. I was stunned to see Sandra Bullock’s performance which was solid but not very challenging and nothing particularly exceptional. The movie itself is decent, nothing more.


    • Yea, I was just so indifferent when watching this, especially at the gratuitous “dramatic” moments. ’twas but a great way of appeasing the girlfriend! :)


  2. I was hardly inspired by the sight of Kathy Bates in “About Schmidt,” if you know what I’m saying.
    And she also scared the living daylights out of me in “Misery.”

    She’s just typecast herself recently.


  3. Ronan said:

    Hey, Nice site, very clean and simple and easy to read. I enjoyed your review, concise.

    I really enjoyed The Blind Side, but I can’t argue with your review, it probably was quite flawed but I was willing to overlook its imperfections cause I fell a bit for the story.



    • Thanks for the compliments man, good to know people are getting something out of it. Usually post up a review every couple of days so stay tuned.

      Definitely a good story on offer here but it didn’t tug my heart strings as much as I thought it would.



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