What is it about (according to Amazon): The Blind Side takes the true story of a young man who went from abandonment to success as a pro-football player and treats it with respect. The movie doesn't oversell what is, on the face of it, already compelling. It's almost impossible to describe the plot without sounding painfully inspirational: Michael Oher, a hulking but gentle African-American teen in Tennessee, gets taken in by a well-to-do white family; the mother, Leigh Anne Touhy, pushes and mothers the boy, who eventually wins a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi.
Good, Bad, Indifferent: It was certainly touching, had some very funny parts (particularly the young son who was very amusing) and some very sad moments that brought tears (meeting Michael's real mother). After so many Hollywood movies, I was expecting something bad to happen - but no, it doesn't contain swearing, violence, sex etc.. which is quite refreshing.
The Tuohys' strong Christian faith is evidenced mainly by their actions, although it filters through some of the dialogue as the characters struggle over what the appropriate Christian response should be to their situation. I can imagine that some Christians would have liked a stronger theme, and a more explicit Christian message, however I think to capture a wider audience, the Christian message has been diluted to some extent to encourage more to see the film i.e. non believers. It is interesting that it won the Oscar considering it is unlike many other modern movies.
My 22 year old son watched it with me and really enjoyed it, finding it both inspirational and encouraging.
Sandra Bullock (who I don't mind) comes across as quite matter-a-fact which she does very well, perhaps a little too much, but maybe that is what the real Leigh Anne Touhy was like.
My one complaint would be the clothing worn by Leigh Anne Touhy - rather tight and revealing in parts.
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Alice in Wonderland
What is it about (according to Amazon): Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland plays more like The Wizard of Oz than a Lewis Carroll adaptation. On the day of her engagement party, the 19-year-old Alice is lead by a white-gloved rabbit to an alternate reality that looks strangely familiar--she's been dreaming about it since she was 6 years old. Drawing from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Burton creates a candy-colored (have to disagree with this) action-adventure tale with a feminist twist. If it drags towards the end, his 3-D extravaganza still offers a trippy good time with a poignant aftertaste.
Good, Bad, Indifferent: To sum it up in a couple of words - it was dark and gloomy. None of the characters smiled, the story was miserable and only a couple of characters were likeable (the Cheshire Cat and the little mouse) and I can't remember any great battles in the books. If you expect to see a film based on the book don't watch this version of Alice in Wonderland as Tim Burton has ruined a beautiful and imaginative story. Plus the clothes that Alice wears are horrible (see picture) and as far as I am concerned this is not suitable for children even though it is rated PG (parental guidance). It almost has a Harry Potter (magical) feel to it.
Some trivia: My son went to school with Mia Wasikowska, the actor who plays Alice.