The Blindside review
Synopsis: A poor, oversized and under-educated teenager is recruited by a major college football program where he is groomed into an athletically and academically successful NFL prospect.
I vaguely knew the outline of the plot of this film upon watching, so I had a slight idea what I was getting myself into. That's not to say it wasn't a bad film, I just felt it lacked the elements to make it a 'Best Picture' Academy Award Nominee. Quinton Aaron (playing the lead role as Michael 'Big Mike' Oher), delivered his performance quite weakly, to be honest. Certain scenes were just atrocious, it seemed as though Aaron acted better when he didn't speak. When he did, it was monotonous, and 98% of the time I didn't sense any kind of emotion in his voice(or in his expression, for that matter).
Sandra Bullock(playing the part of Leigh Anne Tuohy) was by far the best performer in this film. The scene which captivated me for the first time in this film was the scene where she meets 'Big Mike' on the side of the road. I hadn't realised how well Bullock could emote. It was the character she portrayed that further solidified her performance, and most definitely overshadowed her co-star, Quinton Aaron.
Having such strong performances from both Bullock and Kathy Bates(Playing Michael's tutor Miss Sue), one would hope for an equally strong film. The first half of the film was by far the strongest; then once the film hit the halfway mark, it took an awkward turn. There were far too many clichéd moments(for instance the scene where some of the league coaches visit the practice, they decide to call someone. Not sure who, but why not do it at the same time? Why not?), and for a story that was supposedly based on a true story, it felt far too fabricated, a little tainted by Hollywood's over-the-top storytelling. Not necessarily a bad thing in all cases, but on this instance it just didn't work.
Ignoring some of the bad acting and the other negatives, The Blindside was an interesting film, but didn't feel it was Oscar worthy. Obviously, others felt different, but I suppose this is where the opinion comes in.
Sandra Bullock was most definitely the highlight of the film for me, such a great all-round actress, never ceases to impress.