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The Blind Side Tawanda Richardson Eng 225: Introduction to Film Jonathan Alexander September 27, 2014
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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” (Anatole France)
The movie I chose to write about is called "The Blind Side." This movie, The Blind Side is based on
a book titled “The Blind Side: Evolution of a game” written by Michael Lewis
2006. This movie is based on a true story about a young African American homeless boy named, Michael Oher, who is taken in and adopted by a wealthy Caucasian family. This young man, Michael Oher was born into a life of ...view middle of the document...
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Growing up Michael often slept on the coach of Tony Henderson (aka Big Tony) his dad friend’s home, but Big Tony could not give Michael the proper support that he so needed. In order for Michael to have clean clothing, he would wash his clothes in the sink at the local laundry mat, and in order to eat, he would often steal food from the local gas station just to survive. When Big Tony took his own son to Wingate (Briarcrest) Christian School to see about getting him a scholarship to play basketball, that’s when the coach of the basketball and football team noticed Michael playing and offered to try to get him a scholarship as well. At first, the school board didn’t want Michael to attend their school, but Coach Cotton convinced them to accept Michael on a scholarship, but the principal at insisted that he participate in a home school program for a few months first to get his grades up. Michael’s life changed on a cold rainy night, when Mrs Tuohy’s noticed that the young man walking down the street with shorts on and no coat was a student at her children’s school carrying nothing but a bag with school supplies and a shirt. Mrs. Tuohy told her husband to turn the car around, because she wanted to talk to him. After talking to Michael, she asked him why was he headed to the gym, because it was closed? Then she asked him, “Did he have a place to stay?’ he said, “NO” and that’s when she decided to welcome him into their home for at least that night. That one night turned into a few days, and those few days turned into weeks, and those weeks turned into months. Even though the Tuohy’s had two other children, a son, S.J and a daughter, Collins, they had a soft spot in their heart for Michael and offered him a place to eat, sleep and feel secure as if they were his parents. This movie showed how the Tuohy’s accepted Michael for being himself and how protective he became of his new family.
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There have been many reviews done by critics about this movie, but several that I read kind of stuck out to me. One of them was written by Washington Post’s critic Ann Hornaday called "When the Story carries the Ball.” This review talks about how the movie caught all the critics by surprise and how she felt the movie was going to go but, she was surprised at how the movie progressed. Los Angeles Times critic Betsy Sharkey wrote that
“The Blind Side is an old-style story that is high on hope, low on cynicism and long on heart.” But critics like Melissa Anderson think this storyline is racist. She states that “The Blind Side peddles the most insidious kind of racism, one in which whiteys are virtuous saviors, coming to the rescue of African-Americans who become superfluous in narratives that are supposed to be about them.”
In my opinion, this movie is an emotional inspirational drama, which impacted the lives of many who watched it. The Story line was great because it captured the audience’s...