5th April 2015
A Happy Ending
Based on a true story, the 2009 film The Blind side directed by John Lee Hancock tugged at the heartstrings of viewers following the story of the Tuohy Family who take in an African-American homeless teenager Michael Oher. Located in the town of Memphis, Tennessee, Oher was born into a family with a mother who struggled from a drug addiction, a father who was in jail, twelve siblings, no stable living environment and little formal education. In contrast, the Tuohy’s lifestyle was considerably different, owning nearly one-hundred franchises of taco bell, and living on the upscale side of town. The film focuses on ...view middle of the document...
He's changing mine”(“The Blind side”). Also Sean Tuohy, the father said “Who’d have thought we’d have a black son before we knew a democrat”(“The Blind side”). This shows that it is abnormal for them to even know a Democrat, but even more strange that they have a Black son. The Tuohy’s may not be a fan of Democrats, however they p.ush those beliefs and emotions aside in order to better Oher’s education. The Director uses this joke so that the viewers can see how it is important that being a good person comes first, without paying attention to a persons political party, or skin color. The Tuohys know that raising Oher is not considered “typical”, but they know that it is the right thing to do. Hancock uses a familiar plot to engage his film to wider audiences than just families. American football, which is the most popular sport in the United States, is included to help appeal to sports fans as well as families. As with any sports movie, there is an underdog to cheer for, and Michael Oher is that underdog. Also the film is a true story, which makes many viewers more excited to watch the inspirational movie.
Hancock uses pathos to target the viewers emotions by creating sympathy with Oher and and the circumstances and environment he grew up in. In a touching moment in the film, Michael Oher, played by Quinton Aaron says "I never had one before." Leigh Anne Touhy replies, A what?" In response, Michael Oher says, "A bed.”(“The Blind side”). This is used to emphasize the struggle many people face, and how those in poverty live. The viewer is likely to feel heartbroken for the boy who is unable to control the environment he was born into. Another compassionate moment in the film would be when Oner acts as S.J, the son’s, protector and blocks the airbag from crushing him in a car accident. The bond between these two reveal that blood may be thicker than water, but love is thicker than anything. Hancock uses these emotional appeals to show how it is not only family who should be giving a helping hand, but everyone, and it only takes someone with a heart and good values.
Flashbacks alluding to traumatic memories from Ohers's childhood provide us with insight to his reserved nature. Throughout most of the first half of the film, Oher has little dialog and communicates...