Friday, March 26, 2010

The Blind Side (2009): review- 4/10

In Memphis lives a blonde wealthy woman with a big house and big hair and gaudy taste and Christian attitudes who speaks to people as if they are dogs. She meets and insists on saving a black boy who has been made homeless, and he joins their family.

None of the characters rise above their status as "types": the result is that the film has a certain sterility, as if the roles have not really been "inhabited" emotionally.

However, the reason the characters are so two-dimensional is that the subject of the film is not how black people think or feel (they scarcely say anything anyway and when they do it is simply to confirm the expectations of white characters).

The true subject of this film is the guilt feelings of rich Southern whites: hence the grimness of Sandra Bullock's demeanor throughout the film: she is on a mission to redeem herself and her culture, and she sets to do this with missionary zeal. There is something de-humanising about this (as if the subject of her zeal and his feelings are irrelevant), and it is appropriate that the means used for the advancement of her black pawn is American football, a peculiarly brutal and humourless sport in which the players' faces are largely hidden by protective helmets.

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