The movie that I am going to review is ‘The blind side’. Why is it called the blind side? In football, the blind side is referred to as the left tackle spot, the position where Michael plays, and is called the blind side because it is the spot in which the quarterback is completely blind to hits.
This movie was directed by John Lee Hancock inspired by the book ‘the blind side’ written by Michael Lewis and the book was released on September 2, 2006. The movie was then released in 2009. The Main cast of this movie was Sandra bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, Quinton Aaron as Michael oher, Jae head as S.J Tuohy and Lily Collins as Collins Tuohy. Based on the true story of Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael oher.
Michael has no idea who his father is and his mother is a drug addict. Michael has had little formal education and few skills to help him learn. Leigh Anne soon takes charge however, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help me out, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michaels’s skills. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help me improves his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I Athletic scholarship.
Michael Oher was the first-round pick of the Baltimore ravens in the 2009 NFL draft. It all begins where Michael grew up in the inner city housing projects with his brother in Memphis Tennessee aptly named “hurt village”. Michael’s story begins with him being homeless and coming from a broken home with drug-addicted mother, and an absences father. Because of his family circumstances, family services took control of his life as he was growing up. Unfortunately, he was being bounded around in and out of foster homes, and row as a teenager he finds himself discarded by the people he has been living with. By a stroke of luck, and the coach wish for a player the size of Michael, he ends up being enrolled in a private Christian school where the Tuohy kids go.
Michael is a quiet person. He is shown to have a kind of childlike personality, because he tries to play with kindergarten children who reject or ignore him. Michael is befriended by S.J Tuohy, whose connection to Michael starts the ball rolling. In the rising of this movie where mike having no money for food, lives by scrounging half-empty containers of snacks after school games, which Mr.Touhy notices, after he pays for a meal ticket for the boy. One icy winter night, as Michael is walking down the road to the school gym, where he has been sleeping; Leigh Anne Tuohy with her husband Sean and children, pick Michael up and take him home for the night.
However, when he tries to leave in the morning, Leigh Anne insists that he stay for dinner, and the children accept Michael matter-of-factly. Soon, Leigh Anne offers him a room and bed. As she starts offering him greater and greater famous, she begins to research Michael’s records, including his career aptitude test results, where the only positive score was on protective instincts. Leigh Anne will use that to explain him how to play in the field. Up to that mo0ment he wasn’t able to get the hang of the game and its rules, and he wasn’t able to understand what his role on the field was.
And after that he starts to play very well. An opportunity arises for Michael to play at university level. However, he needs his grades to improves, so the Tuohy’s hire a private tuition teacher, outspoken and kind Miss Sue, who is determined to succeed, because she, like Mrs.Touhy, wants him to play for ole miss. There comes a moment when Leigh Anne wants to have face-to-face conversation with Michael’s mother to enable her to adopt Michael. Although she seems irresponsive in the beginning, the mother finally wishes Michael best. She says that social; services had branded Michael “a runner” and she forecast that Leigh Anne will find one day that he has run away for good without giving any previous notice. Leigh Anne also faces some tough guys from the projects who had made ugly insinuations about her before.
They are left speechless where she threatens them and is not afraid of them at all. In climax, many universities want Michael to play on their teams. SJ talks to the coaches, and lead the negotiations on Michael’s behalf- and his own. When Michael gets his grades high enough, he must make a decision, and he does. He chooses the university where Sean played for, and where Leigh Anne had been a cheerleader. That causes Investigator Granger to move onto the matter before Michael arrives there. She questions him as though they were holding interrogatory proceeding at a police station. She thinks that the Tuohys and miss sue are using Michael to benefit ole miss, their Alma matter.
Falling action, Michael runs away before the interview is over, and goes to find his birth mother. The leader of the tough guys welcomes him back to hurt village, offers him a beer, and insinuates that Michael has had sexual relations with Leigh Anne or her daughter. This rouses Michael’s proactive instincts, as the gang leader threatens to go offer he two ladies himself. Michael shoves him into a wall, knocking his gun aside. Resolution of this movie, after thinking and questioning Leigh Anne on the matter, Michael realizes that the Tuohy’s are now his family, and tells granger that that’s the reason for him to choose that ole miss.
The film ends saying that hell succeed and become a professional player later on. S.J see leading the players onto the game field with Michael before all local games. This movie took place at Memphis, Tennessee’s, in the time between (1994-1998). The main character in this movie was Michael oher and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Michael oher, he is an African American teenager who grew up surrounded by drugs and danger. He is subjected to a childhood that no child should ever have to face. He does not understand much about life, he evert don’t know about cell, ocean, even tooth fairy. He responds to evil by blocking it out completely until it eventually hits him in the face. He gave a great talent in sport especially in American football.
Beside that Leigh Anne Tuohy, she is a mother with two children, she is extremely thoughtful and strong, and she can impact on someone’s life. She has strong minded, kind-hearted, great communication skill. Anne become the good role model of what she shared to Michael oher, the most important value that Anne wants to share is Respect is to value the opinion and action of your fellow peers and accept people as they are. They are a few figurative language found in this movie. Simile, for example where Leigh Anne’s friend compared Michael to Leigh Anne “you just looked teeny-tiny next to him. Right? Like Jessica Lange and King Kong”.
Symbolism, for example Michael oher is like the Ferdinand the bull. ‘This kid, he acts like he doesn’t want to hit anyone. He’s Ferdinand the bull. This is because in the story Ferdinand the bull is afraid to hit anyone because he is so soft person just like Michael oher. Moreover, the themes found in this movie which one of it are family, the big theme in this movie. Family is the big theme this film. Often times, the protagonist shows the affection and love to the fairly and this is a story of a changing person through the love of a family. The Tuohy family shows us that family is not defined by the blood in your veins but by the love in your heart by the way they treat mike.
Even though Tuohy family is not his biological family mike still love them unconditionally, and he was trying to fit in by stepping in their foot by his own will. Kindness. This is kind of the branch of main theme. The Tuohy family embrace the belief that family is not strictly designed by blood, and they never would have learned this lesson had they not made the first step of kindness. Michael oher will not be accepted in the Tuohy’s family, school, football team if he was not a good and kindness kid despite all the bad thing happen in his life. Perseverance. Michael oher overcame the obstacle of having a father in prison and a drug-addicted mother. He journeyed from nothing to be someone and the success of his life was a direct result of his own determination to succeed. He trained hard and prove himself to be someone worth of attention.
When the NCAA questioned Michael, the organization struggled to believe that a rich white family like the Tuohy’s would take an interest in Michael if he hadn’t proved to be such a talented football prospect. Furthermore, the point of view of this movie is third person limited. The author chose this point of view because it gives viewers the chance to explore the feelings of more than one character, Michael and Leigh Anne.
The movie presents so many scene dedicated to them, ever though don’t really dive into their personal feeling, but rather showing their actions and reactions. Hey. I got a just what you’re looking for. Well, one thing I know about shopping is that if you don’t absolutely love it in the store, you won’t wear it. The store is, were you like it best.
So before you choose something think of yourself wearing it and say to yourself: Is this me? (Leigh Anne talking to Michael about shopping. – 0.33.31
Sean: Why are you smiling? Leigh Anne: I don’t know. I’m just happy. Really happy. Sean: Does this happiness have anything to do with Michael? Leigh Anne: No. It has everything to do with Michael. Sean: Happy’s good. Leigh Anne: You know what I think we should do? We should start a charity for kids like Michael. Sean: Okay. Leigh Anne: Maybe fund a program at Wingate. Sean: Sure.