The story of Michael ‘Big Mike’ Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless larger-than-life teen whose potential in sports spotted by a football coach in local Christian school. With poor academic records and a stolid personality, Mike feels secluded in his new environment. That is until Leigh Ann (Sandra Bullock) & Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw) a wealthy Southern Republican family, brought him under their wing. What once started as a good deed -let Oher stay for a night at their house when Leigh Ann found out he has nowhere to go- continued as Leigh Ann became more and more concern about Mike. The Tuohys decided to legally adopt Mike. Slowly but sure, Mike adjusting well to the warmth of the Tuohys, he even well-bond to the cheeky ‘lil brother’ S.J.
The teachers also discovered that despite he’s holding back when it comes to committed writings, but he excell in comprehension and has a 98% score of a capacity in protective instincts on a high school aptitude test.
This fact led him to play football. Clumsy by the violence of the game, Leigh Ann & S.J by their own ways helping Mike to improve his performance on the field. It didn’t take long til Mike become the local hero, drawn the spotlight & offerings from various universities. But when the NCAA investigate the possibilities of the Tuohys’s good deed is a fraud, under the motive of getting a talented athelete into their almamater ‘Ole Miss’, Mike’s a bit shattered. Leigh Ann, also gone sentimental and raised questions to herself along the way, whether she helped Mike by pure intentions or ‘white people guilt’.
Interesting part when she went to Mike’s old neighbourhood on the other side of town, and came back with contemplation and shared it with her friends. How her friends react was a sort of awakening.
This movie is a perfect family movie, so uplifting and heartwarming, it felt too good to be true. But the fact, it is true. Yes, this is based on a true story of NFL’s Baltimore Ravens top player Michael Oher on how he struggled to his football stardom. Sandra Bullock, as we never seen her before, as a sympathetic southern housewife – blond! :D. Also don’t missed Kathy Bates as Mike’s private tutor, Ms. Sue. John Lee Hancock, the director, cleverly put the sensitive issues such as race and political views without being too constrained.
Sean Tuohy: Who would’ve thought we’d have a black son before we met a Democrat? (about when they decided to hire Ms. Sue, the private tutor who happens to be democrat)
The Blind Side serves a decent story about morality, empathy & inspiration. A feel-good movie! 😀 8/10