The Blind Side
We got to see The Blind Side on it's opening week-end and every seat in the theater was filled. Which is a pretty good sign considering this opened the same day as A New Moon, the latest in the Twilight series.
The Blind Side is one of those movies that make you want to applaud at the end. It was uplifting and quietly powerful. This is the story Michael Oher, a real life offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, and the family that took him in during his high school years and helped save him from a very different life. Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Touhy, a strong willed affluent wife and mother who from outward appearances could give any of the "Wives of Atlanta" a run for their money. Fortunately for Michael...she is so much more.
But, this isn't just the story of how the Touhy's changed Michael's life, it's also about how Michael changed their lives as well. The scene where he first calls Leigh Anne - "Mama"...just touched my heart. My eyes well up just thinking about it.
Bullock does a truly brilliant job becoming Leigh Anne and I have to give credit to the casting director. The end of the movie shows video and pictures of the real Michael Oher and the Touhy family and they did a an brilliant job casting this film. In addition to Bullock, you will see Tim McGraw as Sean Touhy and the young boy that plays SJ Touhy (Jae Head) is just adorable. He will just steal your heart as he befriends Michael. SJ's negotiations with the many college coaches is completely charming.
I just loved this movie. Please take your family to see this movie. It will help put everyone in the proper holiday spirit, I promise.