We haven’t written much about it yet, but I can tell you that a few folks here at Reject HQ really enjoyed the inspirational story behind Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming sports drama The Blind Side. The movie is not a perfect one, but it is full of heart and features a performance from Sandra Bullock that could easily put her in the conversation come Oscar time. Yes, you read that right, Sandra Bullock gives an Oscar-worthy performance. I said it.
The film tells the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher. Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter’s classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment’s hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness becomes much more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael’s presence in the Tuohys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.
Directed by John Lee Hancock and scored beautifully by Carter Burwell (Where the Wild Things Are, No Country for Old Men), The Blind Side is easily the best sports-related film of the year, and probably the best I’ve seen since Remember the Titans. I would urge you to see it if you, like me, are a sucker for a solid inspirational sports movie. At the very least, you should watch the new behind the scenes featurette, which comes courtesy of Warner Bros. and Apple.
The Blind Side is in theaters on November 20, 2009.