The Blind Side DVD|
Directed by John Lee Hancock, this emotional and heart-warming true story adapted from the book by Michael Lewis, follows African-American Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) on a journey from troubled runaway to pro-football star. After a life of Foster care Michael is found cold and homeless on the streets, by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock), she takes him into her middle-class home and offers him the family life that he's always dreamed of. After enrolling in the school football team Michael's talent soon attracts the attention of college coaches, but his poor academic performance mean he's up against another huge obstacle if he's to be offered a prestigious football scholarship.from£4.99 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own virtually homeless when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) Learning that the young man is one of her daughter&39;s classmates Leigh Anne insists that Michael-wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter-come out of the cold Without a moment&39;s hesitation she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds Living in his new environment the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential both on and off the football field Michael&39;s presence in the Tuohys&39; lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own
Biopic of American football star Michael Oher. The homeless son of a crack addict, over-sized black teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is taken in by the wealthy white Tuohy family after Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) finds him wandering the bitterly cold streets wearing only a thin T-shirt. The Tuohys hire a private tutor, Miss Sue (Kathy Bates), to help Michael with his studies at the mostly white Wingate Christian High School, but it is on the football field that he really excels. As Michael is given the opportunity to fulfil his potential both on and off the football field, his presence in the Tuohys' lives leads them to valuable self-discoveries of their own. Bullock won the 2010 Best Actress Academy Award for her performance.
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I really didn't expect much from this film, other than a typically good performance from Sandra Bullock and perhaps a classic American High school ending, full of cheer leaders and ceremony, where the hero wins the game from the losing side. However I must eat my words and say that this drama really has a lot going for it.
Sandra Bullock is outstanding, and a very worthy Oscar winner for best actress as the determined and forthright, perhaps some would say brusque, Leigh Anne Tuohy, who literally picks up Michael from the street and takes him home because she has a hunch that all is not right. Quinton Aaron is the highly credible Michael, who has been neglected by his crack addict mother, is struggling academically at school, and despite his enormous potential to be a great athlete due to his sheer size and bulk, and hasn't quite got a grasp of what is expected of him during training, because his natural inclination is to avoid aggression.
Despite looking quite extraordinary as a huge black teenager in a household of petite middle class Americans, Michael adapts quite quickly to living with the Tuohy's, mainly because they are remarkably warm, unjudgemental and generous without being sanctimonious or boastful. In fact, Michael's real break stems from this unconditional love that he is given. Essentially Michael is not achieving at school either academically or athletically and without giving too much away, the plot follows how the family, in particular Leigh Anne, goes out of her way to ensure Michaels happiness and fulfilment. There are also a few gentle comedic moments, such as Michael's new wardrobe, which consists entirely of Rugby shirts, and his new little brother's rather unflattering but entirely justifiable opinion of them. There are also some quite poignant scenes, particularly where Leigh Anne goes in search of Michael's real mother and when having bought the 18 year old a bed, Michael comments that he hasn't ever had a bed of his own before.
The setting of the film, which is predominantly around the Tuohy's prosperous environment contrasted with several episodes in the downtown ghetto, provokes consideration of the clever title, 'The Blind Side. Initially the film explains that the task of the quarter back (I may have the wrong football position here) is to protect the star player (sorry I didn't really understand the football rules). But there are several blind sides to humanity alluded to: one being the enormous gulf between those who are affluent and those who live in deprivation; the other is about what motivates us to do good and bad actions. Leigh Anne challenges her wealthy friends on the question of whether they had ever gone to the other side of the city, where there is abject poverty, crime and neglect, and she is challenged about why she would take in a young black man to her home, with the suggestion of potential harm to her daughter. I really enjoyed Leigh Anne's preparedness to challenge the bigoted attitudes of others - a particularly difficult task with friends.
The subject of motivation is interesting. Quite clearly others would question why the family chose to take Michael in, but what is really thought provoking, is the questioning that Leigh Anne has of her own motivations, and whether indeed she is a good person. It brings to mind the philosophical question, 'is there such a thing as altruism', or is everything we do, however good, motivated by our own selfish motivations and ambitions. Although it is not covered in great depth by the movie, it certainly alludes to the subject's complexities.
So as well as a lovely feel good family film based on a true story, some probing of moral and social dilemmas, and a gentle humour , some nice performances by a supporting cast that includes Cathy Bates and Tim McGraw- the Blind Side is definitely worth watching.
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