When life gives you lemons, well, you become a football star. I can relate to the film in many ways so I feel that I can connect to this movie on a personal level. The film The Blind Side touches base on the concept that despite your circumstances, success is still in your journey. It’s the matter of ‘getting there’.
In the biography drama film The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years. Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), take him in. The Tuohys eventually become Michael’s legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs. Michael’s tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the field, and with help from his new family and devoted tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player.
After reviewing the writing elements of the movie, a few things are apparent. For one, I feel as though the plot was unpredictable. Aside from a few cliche moments, the overall theme sneaks up on you in such a way where you see that the “success” factor is bound to happen, but you are unsure of how it will happen.
As for the characterization, Sandra Bullock did a phenomenal job in playing the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy. Her sincerity and credibility just goes to show the enormous amount of respect that she has for the Tuohy’s family triumph. Quinton Aaron was also devoted to his character Michael but, I must say, not on the same level as Sandra Bullock. He had several moments where I was not feeling convinced as a viewer.
The costume design within the film played a huge role. Due to the overall contrast between rich and poor, the costumes were expected to be up to par. It is clear that the Tuohy family was well dressed, decked from head to toe in designer. As for character Michael Oher, he began dressed in the bare minimum, carrying only an extra t-shirt within a grocery bag. I was truly drawn in and attentive to the different levels of outfits as the movie progressed.
Quinton Aaron is an American actor. He made his film debut in Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind. His first lead role was as Michael Oher in the 2009 film The Blind Side. At 6ft 8in, Quinton Aaron had spent much of his life struggling to fit in. Quinton’s mom is the one who saw the casting call for The Blind Side and submitted her son’s name for an audition. ‘She read what size they were looking for, and told me this was it, this role was mine,’ Quinton said. At the time of his audition, Quinton was a security guard in real life and he ended up giving his business card to the movie’s director. Fortunately, he landed the role and his world would forever be changed. In 2010, Aaron guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2015, Aaron shot the film Busy Day in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As of 2018, Aaron is working on a new film, Best of Me: The Quinton Aaron Story, a documentary of himself which highlights his upbringing.
Overall, this movie was truly eye-opening. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more emotional. Although my mother was never addicted to drugs, I can relate to growing up without a father, as well as not being born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Therefore, I understand where Michael Oher’s anger derives from and how it could affect his well-being. This film is worth the watch. Ages twelve and up would be able to develop an emotional connection to the plot. You’ll find yourself engaged in the lifestyle of Michael, rooting for his success. Without a doubt I’d rate this movie five out of five stars.