Long may such wonderful family films be made
The Blind Side review
21st August 2012
I have to admit that I was not expecting too much of this film in spite of good reviews. It may just its association with American Football ( which is a real turn-off for me----stupid game:).
But then Sandra Bullock, who is usually good albeit in lightweight 'Doris Day-type' roles, won the Oscar; so my wife and watched it.
And we were both delighted to have seen it.
I thought about a 4. 5 star rating but that is defined as a 'great' film-----sorry, but I keep the word 'great' for the classics such as 'Casablanca', 'Gone With The Wind', 'Dr Zhivago', 'Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid''It's A Wonderful Life' etc etc etc. And 'The Blind Side' could never fit in that elite ranking in a million years. But it is really enjoyable film, which would have been highly-regarded in any decade since cinema began.
We thoroughly enjoyed the film and I cannot find fault with any aspect of it. Acting was superb----Sandra Bullock , with just the right middle-class Southern accent, stole the show---just pipping the actor who played the key role of 'Big Mike' by a whisker. All round excellent performances from entire cast.
Excellent direction, editing, filmwork, settings, everything 'spot-on'. It is incredible that this gem is based on a true story........and it is that wondrous and enchanting story that lies right at the heart of this excellent movie.
When films such as this stop being made----and we are left with the routine drivel that represents about 80% of what the cinema industry churns out in the present day.......then we may as well call it a day and forget this wonderful medium that has delighted audiences for 100 years.
I see the phrase 'feelgood factor' used much nowdays, overused. But if any film sums up that hackneyed cliche, then it is this wonderful film.
A really very very good movie that will enchant you.