Wednesday, January 6, 2010

If I had a worst of 2009 film list, this would be on it!


The Blind Side
Directed by John Lee Hancock


The Blind Side is a film based on a true story about a homeless black boy who became an all-star football player with the help of a rich family. There are a lot of people who grow up in challenging enviroments and are able to overcome great obstacles, but it doesn’t mean that each of those stories it needs to be a movie. If the perspective shifted from the Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) character to the Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) character it would have been more interesting, but all this film really does is regurgitate racist stereotypes that it prides itself of breaking. I find it pretty insulting that film portrayed a black boy who barely spoke throughout the whole movie. His academic goal was to get at least a somber 2.5 GPA and his football couch was a 10-year-old boy. How is that breaking racial stereotypes? Some could argue that that this isn’t about race but about the ability of a good-hearted person to help someone less fortunate than themselves achieve success. If we didn’t live in a racist world perhaps I could see it that way.

2 comments:

  1. Very good points. You know I was swepted away because I am a die hard Sandra Bullock fan, but your points are well made and I have to agree they missed a grand opportunity to do something out of the box on this one. Darn it!

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  2. Yet another story of the great white hope rescuing the savage, under achieving black youth. I'm over it. Good call.

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