Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Seth Meyers, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Film Review: The Blind Side

The new film, The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock and starring Sandra Bullock, has shot straight to blockbuster status after only a couple of weeks at the box office. The film’s premise may not seem so blockbuster-like, given that it’s a drama that focuses on the special relationship between a foster mother and foster son. However, the film hits all the right notes with a few touching surprises, leaving no surprise to its audience that it has been received so well across the country.

If you have already seen the film, my guess is that you enjoyed it. I can tell you emphatically that I thought it was terrific and liked it more than I imagined I would based on the sentimental and somewhat syrupy trailer. If you haven’t yet seen The Blind Side, it’s a great film that you can take a friend or even your family to and share an intimate cinematic experience.

The film encourages the audience to think about charity in a very real sense, nearly asking you directly “How far would you go in helping another person?” The film does a wonderful job of simultaneously exposing stereotypes and rendering them ridiculous. I strongly believe that a film is good if it creates a character you’ll never forget and makes you think about life outside of your own specific circumstances. The Blind Side succeeds on these two important levels, and it’s an added bonus that you leave the theater feeling happier and more sensitive than you felt walking into it.

1 comment:

Helmut said...

Michael Oher's story reminds me of Susan Boyle's. Do you remember her? She was the amazing singer who blew everyone away last year on "Britain's Got Talent".

They both were misjudged for much of their lives based on appearances until given the chance to shine.

I just found out that the TV Guide Channel is having an exclusive special on her December 13. I found a promo of the show on youtube:

I was so inspired by "The Blind Side" and I hope to have a similarly uplifting experience watching Susan's special.