Woke up with a migraine… again, and want to just laze around the sofa and watch a feel-good movie. And then boom! Accidentally bump into this at the exact time it just started while browsing the local channel. I knew that Sandra Bullock won an Oscar’s Best Actress award with this movie and got curious why and decided to watch it.
The film is based on the book of Michael Lewis’ The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game that tells the life story of Michael Oher, the Offensive Tackle of NFL’s Tennessee Titans. It gives us a glimpse of his teenage years and the hardship he went through growing up and what happened after his path crosses with the Tuohys.
The movie shows us a few realities of life about discrimination, compassion, courage and honor.
“Smile at them. It lets them know you’re their friend.” This were SJ’s word to Michael when they first met. This was one of my fave scenes.
How SJ fearlessly and without hesitations approached a stranger who is literally triple his size. I guess the turn in Michael’s life took place at this very scene. The kid was somehow became the bridge for Anne Leigh to take notice of Big Mike and eventually led him in finding his new family. A lot of us lives by what our parents said when we were little, “do not talk to strangers!” SJ broke this mindset and in the end won himself a brother. I did a few solo backpack trips of my own in places i was not familiar with. I had to do everything alone, from sleeping, eating and strolling. One lesson i learned from these trips is that not all strangers are bad. Actually many of these strangers helped me find my way home in those unfamiliar tracks, shared with me stories about their place and their life, they shared their jokes and laughs. I am not saying that everyone should start approaching every strangers they see on the street. What I’m saying is that not all strangers are bad or dangerous. There’s still a lot of people out there, like Big Mike. All you just have to do is smile, to let them know you’re a friend. 🙂
Anne Leigh’s so-called friends gives us a clear picture of what discrimination is all about. Sadly, this issue exist not just in movies. I don’t want to be hypocritical. I am not proud of it but I too had discriminated numerous people deliberately and unconsciously in the past. What the movie tells us is to never judge a book by its cover, to not only consider a person’s color or looks in befriending them. It’s easy said than done right? Since majority of society dictates us how someone should look, how someone should behave. But what i can say is and through experience, you can never go wrong with character. It should always be our benchmark in evaluating someone.
What I like about Anne Leigh’s character is that she displayed what real compassion is all about. I guess it started with a simple pity or empathy with Big Mike but what she did after that is what made a big difference.
She was a devoted Christian. As a believer of Christ, you are expected to give and expect nothing in return right? That’s what you should do right? I guess a part of it is right. With Anne Leigh she didn’t do it JUST because she’s a Christian, she did it out of compassion. Compassion should not just be acted because of what religion or beliefs you have. Compassion is what makes us “human.” It’s what differs us from other species. Other than love, in my opinion, it’s what bridges the gap between countries, religions, age or race.
To be eligible for a divisional scholarship and play at university level, Michael has to have a 2.5 GPA. One of the teacher unsatisfied with his essay gave him a D. To meet the required GPA, he has to write another essay for his finals and get at least a B. This was Michael Oher’s essay (for The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson) that made it all possible.
Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you’re not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don’t. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn’t at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that’s pretty salty stuff. That’s why courage it’s tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you’re doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason for you either do something or you don’t. It’s who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that’s pretty good. I think that’s what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too. – Michael Oher
Everything that happened to Michael, I guest, his essay summarized it all.