Monday, April 12, 2010
The Blind Side, the film
I finally went to see the Blind Side yesterday at a dollar theater and it was pretty good. With over 30,000 votes the Internet Movie Data Base rates it at 7.7 out of 10 and that would be my rating as well.
As you probably know, Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for the Best Actress for playing Leigh Ann Tuohey.
The film is about a true story of a white family in Memphis Tennessee who take in a large young African American teenager who is homeless and who winds up becoming an NFL football star.
I had avoided the film because I thought it would be just another saccharine, sentimental film about underdog sports teams who finally with a great deal of heart win the big game.
However, this film is about more than sports. It is about a woman who moves outside of her comfort zone and her social clique to act with love, compassion, and empathy towards another human being.
The film is about the inherent worth and dignity of every person. it is about justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. It is about the acceptance of one another and encouragement in each other's spiritual growth. It is about the facilitation of a community for all people with peace, liberty, and justice for all. It is about making the world a better place a few souls at a time, and it is about a woman and her family who is a modern day saint.
You have to give admiration and gratitude to Leigh Ann Tuohey, and her husband, and her children. They are great people. If there were more people like the Tuohey's and their adopted son, Michael Oher, the world would be a far better place.
I highly recommend this film.