And the reviews are in...Slate.com mourns a great football novel lost to Hollywood Rom-Com schlock...
For all The Blind Side's flaws, it's impossible not to get caught up in Michael Oher's life. (And if you're a sports fan, there's also some perverse pleasure to be had in watching the nation's leading college football coaches—Nick Saban, Lou Holtz, Phil Fulmer, and more—labor to play themselves. If you've never heard former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron speak, you owe it to yourself to hear the unintelligible Cajun say, "I hear that kid can really pepper the gumbo.") You're rooting for Oher to make something of himself, for him to succeed on the field, and for him to find happiness with his new family. But most of all, you're rooting—praying, hoping—for his story to be told in a movie that wasn't made for Sandra Bullock.
Rotten Tomatoes gives a weird 70% Fresh rating, which is confusing because of quotes like this:
Syrupy sports drama uplifts but glosses over deep issues.
Then the reviewer gives the movie a "fresh rating." So it bows to cliches, is syrupy, ignores all the issues the book so interestingly brought up...But it's fresh? Damn that makes no sense.
Anyone who sees this movie and isn't a giant sucker for formulaic Hollywood movies please post a review on this site. I would love to see if The Blind Side is as bad as the trailer suggested... (ed note: I wrote about my annoyance with this movie a week ago because the trailer looked tremendously horrible.)
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