This movie is shocking on several different levels. Â Some of those shocks are good and some of them are bad. Â In case you didnâ€™t know, this is the true story of NFL player Michael Oher. Â Now before all the women reading this tune out thinking itâ€™s a football movie, understand that his story is one of heartbreak, tragedy, kindness, and loveâ€¦and a little football. Â One of the positive shocks to come from this was star Sandra Bullockâ€™s performance. Â Get this - she was actually good! Â This might be one of the best performances of her career, but thatâ€™s not saying much since the bar wasnâ€™t very high to begin with. Â She plays a plucky, strong, WASPie, Southern Belle that runs the wealthy family that saves Oher from his ghetto war zone he roams night after night as a teenager. Â Another positive shock was the performances from country singer Tim McGraw, who plays Bullocks husband, and the gentle giant, Quinton Aaron, who plays Oher. Â Aaron is relatively new to acting but could have a career as big as his stature if he continues to get roles like this. Â Heâ€™s able to convey so much sadness and defeat without saying a word, which works out for him since he only has about 25 lines in the whole film. Â One of the negative shocks is how long this movie is. Â It has a runtime of over 2 hours and as far as I could tell has no need for all that. Â The other negative shock is the casting of child actor Jae Head as the youngest member of The Tuohy family. Â Every scene this kid infects drips with hair-pulling schticks that wouldâ€™ve made even Macaulay Culkin in â€śHome Aloneâ€ť roll his eyes. Â I could be in the minority on this since he seemed to earn laughter from most of the theater, but I couldnâ€™t stand his annoying, hammy performance the entire movie. Â Another shock that I had in the movie, that was neither good or bad, was how overtly Christian it was. Â It almost seemed like it was made by a church group or Kirk Cameron. Â There is heavy emphasis put on the fact that the wealthy Tuohy Family takes Michael Oher in because itâ€™s their â€śChristian Duty.â€ť Â And in case you miss hearing that the first time in the film, donâ€™t worry because they say it over and over and over again. Â I kept wondering why. Â Was it because they are trying to insinuate that more Christians need to be as charitable as that and many arenâ€™t? Â Is it because they wanted to take the emphasis off of the idea that maybe The Tuohys did it out of White Guilt? Â Or was it to make you forget that The Tuohys were investigated by the NCAA for their role in raising Michael. Â I donâ€™t know. Â But what I do know is that â€śThe Blind Sideâ€ť is a harmless and delightful movie that will make you appreciate what you have and want to help those who have nothing. Â It â€śHollywoods Upâ€ť the true story to a level that Iâ€™m sure isnâ€™t 100% accurate but when looking at the actual photos of the family during the end credits you canâ€™t help but to tear up a little bit.
The Blind Side (Rated PG-13)Gavin Grade: B