This must be embarrassing for Mr. Oher to see. A movie that takes away his accomplishments and credits them all to his adoptive family.
Michael has said himself that the movie Mis-portrayed how much he knew about football. By his account, he was already playing football when he met his adoptive family. While movies will understandably take certain liberties for the sake of telling a story fit for the theaters, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth knowing that Oher's own hard work is minimized in this movie. After all, this is based on Oher's life, and those who watch this movie will likely believe the story is as close to reality as the filmmakers could get.
When you look at how near impossible it is for most people to become a pro athlete, and when you start to under the intense training, dieting, and studying of the game an athlete will have undergone to even be noticed by a league like the nfl, then taking that accomplishment away from the athlete is a tragedy. I enjoyed this movie as a kid for the underdog sports drama theme, but as an adult, can't help but think Oher deserved a much better movie about his life.
Reviewed by DarkVulcan2910 / 10
A blind man can tell that this is a great film.
Nice to see Sandra Bullock come back after the cinematic travesty, called All About Steve(2009). This was a well made film, perfectly filmed,and great performances by everybody.
Leigh Ann Tuohy(Sandra Bullock), seems to have the life most women would envy, a wonderful supporting husband(Tim Mcgraw), and two great kids(Lily Collins and Jae Head). But one day while driving home, she sees, a larger then life teenager which everybody calls Big Mike(Quinton Aaron), when she tries to talk to him, he comes across as a little withdrawn, and is nearly homeless, she decides to take him in, with her supporting family behind her. Leigh finds out his name is Michael Oher, and tries to dig up things about his past, in hopes of helping him, but the question is will she?
I really liked this film, it manages to balance humor and drama perfectly. Sandra Bullock gave quite a strong performance, so Quinton Aaron, Lyn Collin, but Jae Head is quite the scene stealer. It also has a good football scene as well. And Kathy Bates is good in her supporting role also. I say see The Blind Side.
Reviewed by Visitor_C6 / 10
Whose Story is it Anyway?
Time to complain about a film that would rather take away then include an important aspect of a true story. When watching the film, one should say this story is about Michael Oher, a man who, with the help of a supportive, slightly wealthy family, was able to overcome his hardships of homelessness and loneliness through perseverance and friendship. But the reality of this film is far from that description. It is more about the stupid sport of football and the rich family taking in Michael. I felt that the film did not put enough into the character of Michael Oher, they instead took away from him. I can see the potential of the character, but the story of the film limits him of almost everything except for being a mindless brute on a field. I know for a fact that the real life Michael Oher is nothing like this, nor ever really was. This film was to shine on the rich family, and the goodness they implanted on the world. In a way, it was selfish to put them above Michael in his own story. Sure Sandra has good acting qualities, but that should not be the basis of the film. Anyway, it was still a movie of an intermediate standard. It lacks in many departments, but the worst is the conversion from the novel to the film. If they had focused more on Michael and not the family, then maybe it would have been a better flick, but alas.