Charles reviews inspirational football drama The Blind Side

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

The Blind Side is based off the true story of Baltimore Ravens football player Michael Oher, who was taken in by a White, wealthy family when his tumultuous family life left him lost and homeless, and helps him become a star football lineman.

It follows the typical storyline of the White family taking in the troubled Black kid, but this time, it’s based off real life, so that kind of makes it a tad bit more interesting. Sandra Bullock is at her best – and at ease – in this type of role, and she certainly delivers as the overbearing socialite that comes to Oher’s rescue, played brilliantly by super-sized Quinton Aaron. Jae Head, the charming kid from “Hancock,” is the consummate scene-stealer throughout the flick and definitely keeps the film from getting too low.

Just how much creative license was taken with this film is unknown, especially since there are a couple of “hood” scenes that kind of make you go “Hold up, that would’ve NEVER gone down like THAT!” but then again, it quite possibly could have. Even still, The Blind Side is a great story and a feel-good film that delivers the win.

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