The Blind Side tackles football and the much better, and more interesting sport of real life.
Michael Oher was drafted by the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens this year and is now a rich pro athlete. Learning how Oher got from deep in the end zone to the NFL will take you a couple of hours and three soggy hankies.
Big, lumbering and academically slow, Oher is a ghetto-born kid. In the game of life, that’s fourth down and 40 yards to go. His break came when he played football for a Christian school and was adopted by a fairly well-to-do white family.
The movie version of his life, The Blind Side embellishes Oher’s story a bit. OK, a lot.
Normally, I’d throw a penalty flag. Two words keep it in my pocket: Sandra Bullock. You’re hearing quite a bit of Oscar buzz, and it’s deserved. Bullock adds two extra dimensions to her usual one-dimensional, cutesy, addle-brained personality and gives the performance of her life.
Credit writer/director John Lee Hancock’s (The Rookie) excellent dialogue for part of Bullock’s transformation. I’m admittedly biased. In my book, you can’t beat a good sports biopic. I can even say that about golf, but I’d probably draw the line at bowling.
Hancock has done a good one. Don’t punt on this one. The Blind Side gets a game-winning score.
Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens Friday, Nov. 20 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.