It’s a real shame that the Academy Awards are so prejudiced and subjective in selecting their winners. Take Sandra Bullock for example.
Here is an actress who’s enjoyed several good performances and has flourished into one of the very best comedians on the planet. But because the Oscars show little or no respect for comedy she was left empty-handed time and time again.
She’s not the only victim. The multi-talented Michael Keaton and Jim Carry are still waiting for their very first golden statue and when a comedian actually wants to win an Oscar, he is forced to turn his back on comedy and go all drama, cue Robin Williams who got one for his role in Good Will Hunting. And everyone knows this was hardly the best thing in his career. Even Charlie Chaplin had to wait 50 years before he could get his hands on an Oscar and he is the greatest comedian of all time!
Back to Sandra Bullock then. Why, oh why, did this wonderful woman not get an Oscar – even if it was just a nomination – for her sparkling achievement in Miss Congeniality? One has to admit that the amount of big successes in her career have not amounted to much more than a handful of quality movies, but the truth is: this woman with German roots has been a top-notch actress since day one …
In The blind side her name was finally decorated with an Oscar! Sandra Bullock plays the part of a lifetime, even though we still like her better as the bumbling fool or funny police officer.
The blind side tells the true story – yep, you heard me right! – of one Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized black young man who is taken into the home of the wealthy, white Tuohy-family. Slowly but surely this at-first-sight simpleminded, African American Forrest Gump morphs into an intelligent sportsman who turns out to be extremely talented.
It’s a story that reached deep into the hearts of Americans, mostly because it’s true and not some fiction. Because of that, and so much more, this movie became an overnight sensation!
The blind side is very straightforward in terms of cinematography and storytelling. There are no intricate camera angles or astonishing plot changes, yet the movie deserves all the more credit because it’s never boring. Quite an amazing feat if you were to read the script, which at times might be sluggish enough to send many a movie buff asleep.
But not to worry. In the hands of the very capable John Lee Hancock – who as it stands does not enjoy that much experience as a director – the project glides across the silver screen with the greatest of ease. You know exactly what will transpire before the moment actually happens and you definitely know in advance that this movie will enjoy a happy end – but all that is just mere background noise.
You remain glued to the screen with great anticipation …
Sometimes things become a little emotional and relationships are tense, but this movie wouldn’t have been half as good if it wasn’t for the wonderful casting.
Even Quinton Aaron who plays the main part of the bigger-than-big, heavyweight sportsman knows his role inside out. Originally Quinton Aaron was a normal everyday American African man who made his living as a Security guard, but thanks to this movie he can now pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an actor.
And let’s be frank, at the time this movie was made, the actor was only a newbie at acting and had only very little experience. And still he manages to appear so natural in character …
Near the end, the movie almost derails from its glorious path, but luckily we are given a climax which is neither spectacular nor groundbreaking, but very satisfying as it wraps up this story beautifully!
As mentioned before, the one who shines in the limelight is none other than Sandra Bullock and not just because she’s a pretty face on top of a famous name. Her acting performance is exhilarating! As soon as she appears on stage, she pulls out all the stops and virtually claims all attention (okay, she looks incredibly sexy, that does help in fact!)
In the movie she stars as the harder-than-steel yet sweet-as-honey mother with a golden heart. And honestly? We have never had the privilege to see her in a role like this! Everything about her fits like a glove! At times she is a soft and tender woman who jumps into the breach to protect her new-found son. Other times she’s a tough momma entering a neighborhood where a normal Caucasian woman of her age would risk getting raped and beaten.
It’s this colorful mix of contradictory emotions and personalities that make her character a multi-layered character, one you’ll enjoy every single moment in the movie.
The man who stands by her side is country singer Tim McGraw. How he got involved in this project is a bit of a mystery, because he’s as much an actor as Nicole Kidman is a singer, which is to say: it’s refreshing to see a person jumping out of their comfort zone, but it’s not something you’d wish to see very often.
Still, the man who married Faith Hill does in fact so well that you forget he’s the voice behind such hits as ‘Last dollar’ and ‘Southern voice’. If on the other hand you never even heard of Tim McGraw, well, then I suppose it don’t matter much if the man is an actor or a singer these days!
did you know?
During the first couple of weeks of shooting, Sandra Bullock thought her acting was so bad she considered dropping out. She stayed because she didn’t want to ruin the hard work of director John Lee Hancock. She ended up winning the Oscar for ‘Best Actress’.
Give it to me straight:
The blind side is a movie that hardly scratched the surface in European movie theaters, despite its grand success in America. Presumably, this has to do with the nature of the sport addressed in the movie as well as the fact that the story is based upon the real life tragedy of Michael Oher.
But it’s unfortunate, because the movie is so much more. It’s not just about American football nor does it really matter if this story is true or not. The way the movie was made and the compassionate state of storytelling is what really drives this movie forward. The story about a poor, black kid who is taken into a home with lots of love. A home of a rich, white family no less who doesn’t only allow the black kid to live there, but also gives him enough freedom to develop his true talent in sport.
The blind side is hardly a groundbreaking movie, but it never thrives to be just that. It only wants to be light drama of impeccable quality with – at the front lines – a more than decent acting performance of newcomer Quinton Aaron in the role of the mountain-tall sportsman. Who also deserves full appreciation is Sandra Bullock. She fulfills one of her all time greatest achievements in terms of acting in the role of the protective mother with a will of steel and a heart of gold. She most definitely and deservedly won an Oscar.
The movie itself is not a tearjerker (thank God for that!), but a genuine lump of entertainment based on a great though unbelievable true story! Unlike most dramas, The blind side is a movie that portrays the very best in a human being. No racism (which in the south of America deserves a tap on the shoulder) but simply the most basic respect for your fellow man …