The Thanksgiving meal, the football games, the parades….they are almost all behind us (leftovers anyone). But one last thought before we completely leave it behind and turn our eyes toward Christmas. Hitting the movie theaters has become an on again-off again Thanksgiving tradition for our little “Bass Gathering”. It tends to be off again if after a straw vote, we can’t all decide on a movie worth seeing. I think the last time we all came to some agreement was when Jamie Fox did such an excellent portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles, and when was that, 2004? That speaks to either the lack of good movies out this time of year, or our family’s inability to come to any agreement on such weighty things as these. The drought came to an end this year when just enough of us in attendance agreed to venture out and see the new Sandra Bullock movie, “The Blind Side”.
To give full credit, let’s start where so many good movies are born…the book. “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” was the title of a book by Micheal Lewis about two things. 1. How over the past 30 years football strategy has evolved in large part due to Lawrence Taylor’s drilling of so many quarterbacks during his career, and thus, the importance of the offensive left tackle, the man mainly responsable to protect the blind side of the quarterback. And 2. the story of Michael Oher, former all american left tackle for Ole Miss and currently playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
The movie “The Blind Side” sticks mainly to the true story of Michael Oher, who grew up a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him overcome the mountain of obstacles and fulfill his potential. While all the time, Oher’s presence in the Touhys’ lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. There are some wonderful laughs, and some gritty tears along the way.
Sandra Bullock: While I haven’t been compelled to even see movies such as “What about Steve”, all is forgiven with this. She is wonderful.
John Lee Hancock: Fine, he’s not “IN” the movie, but you should know him. He is the screenwriter/director of this fine movie. He directed “The Rookie”, wrote and directed “The Alamo”. There are storytellers, and then there are storytellers. Hancock is a part of the latter group. He is, if there is such a word, “Frank Capraesk”.
Tim McGraw: I’m not a big fan of music artists crossing over to the media of film media. Only because so few can really pull it off. With his portrayal of Mr. Touhy, McGraw proves he is one of the exceptions to that rule.
Before the season comes to an end…treat yourself to “The Blind Side”.
And for heaven’s sake….. Have fun……Fred