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.