Saturday, December 19, 2009

Review - The Blind Side

The Blind Side tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless black youth who eventually made his way into the NFL as a left tackle with the support of a privileged white family that adopts him.

It has its moments, but the ultimate effect of The Blind Side is a middling one. The ending is underwhelming, as is much of the drama that writer/director John Lee Hancock aims for. Fortunately it is a well-cast picture. Sandra Bullock is quite good as the firm-willed socialite whose maternal instincts kick in when she notices the destitute boy, and it works quite well with Quinton Aaron's soft-spoken performance as Michael. Strong supporting turns come courtesy of Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates.

Sandra Bullock's performance is respectable enough, but the recent wave of critical citations and nominations mystifies me. It won't likely end up in my top five lead female performances of the year. It's good, just not THAT good. Still, it seems as though she's sitting in that fifth Best Actress slot for now.

** out of ****

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