The Blind Side: Welcome to the Family

by Devina Gunawan

Found and saved. That happened to Michael Oher.

I’ve seen this movie about twenty times at least, because I love Sandra Bullock and this was one of her best.

It’s a story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a child without a home who was enrolled into a prestigious Christian school due to his size. Everyone called him ‘Big Mike’ and the school’s football coach was hoping that he could play on his team.

Despite having poor grades and no family to support him, Michael went to the school and amused most of the teachers with his lack of knowledge and quiet manners. The only student who talked to him was Sean Tuohy, a little boy who was friendly and outgoing.

One day, while running away from his foster home and walking to the school gym in the rain, the Tuohy family happened to drive by. Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) then got out of the car and asked the boy where he was headed to.

Upon learning that Michael had no place to go, Leigh Anne decided to take him home with the family. And in time, Michael started becoming a part of the Tuohy family and changed everyone’s lives.

This is a really good movie. I was surprised when I first saw it, because I had never been a huge fan of sports related movie. However, the Blind Side has a lot of elements in it that we all can appreciate.

It is about family, and giving back. It opens up a lot of issues in society and it challenges. For instance, the reaction Leigh Anne got from her friends after she sent out Christmas cards to everyone with the family picture is gold. Someone asked her if she noticed that there was a colored boy on her card, and another friend asked if this was a charity project.

Sean Junior (Jay Head) was brilliant in this movie. This little boy lighted up the movie and he was the most entertaining character in the movie. He was the first to reach out to Michael, and he stood by his big brother until the end.

It’s many things, and it is inspiring. It is full of surprises as well in how this movie was filmed. The scenes, the settings, and the atmosphere in this movie just work so well.

It’s a really good family movie, and I’ll give it an 8 out of 10.


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