Although I love my husband's family, who gathered at my mother-in-law's new house in Nacogdoches for Thanksgiving, 30 of them in one house for 3 straight days is a little overwhelming. By yesterday, I really needed to get out of the fray, so I called one of my dearest friends who lives there and we decided to go to a movie.
Lucky for us, we chose "The Blind Side."
Man, what a feel good film.
It's a true story about a Memphis family who takes in a homeless kid (2009 Baltimore Ravens' 1st draft pick, left tackle Michael Oher), changing everyone's life for the better.
Sandra Bullock is a force of nature, playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, the pampered Southern Bell whose husband, Sean (played by Tim McGraw), owns a string of Taco Bell franchises and spends her free time working as a designer for her high end friends. The exterior may look fluffy, but underneath the big hair and Chanel sunglasses lies a true steel magnolia.
McGraw pales in comparison. I was disappointed with his performance. A more seasoned actor could have done more with the secondary role. His one moment of glory comes in a discussion of Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Briagde."
Sparkling in the role of Bullock's son, S.J., is a precious little urchin named Jae Head. He is a charmer.
Lily Collins plays the Tuohy's daughter, Collins. She is one of the most gorgeous faces to hit the screen in years. The part allows her to be sweet rather than a spoiled rich kid. It was a perfect fit.
As the gentle giant, "Big Mike," Quinton Aaron doesn't have many lines. He conveys his message with his eyes and his large frame. It doesn't take long for Aaron to have the audience with him, rooting for him and cheering out loud when he succeeds.
Although her character doesn't come into the action until late in the film, Kathy Bates lights up the screen as Michael's private tutor, "Miss Sue." To me, the mark of a great actor is the ability to take a small role and make the audience pay attention to everything they do ... and Kathy Bates is a great actor.
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