Boy

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I forgot I already watched this movie until I started to get flashbacks during the (apparent) second watching. The flashbacks were a little freaky as I knew I’d seen the scene before but couldn’t remember anything of what was to come. Then I thought maybe these were scenes that I’d seen in trailers – but how had I seen so many? That was  when I remembered the one thing that could cause this confusion – wine. That’s right, I watched Boy after a long lunch filled with good food and good wine (apparently).

I would have told anyone who asked me if I’d seen Boy that I hadn’t. That is how well wine can make you forget. (Why is it then, that if you say/do/are something stupid when you’re drinking wine, you wake up in the middle of the night replaying it over and over again in your mind? I wasn’t even that stupid and nobody else remembers it! Oops, overshare…).

I also think I fell asleep for a while during the infamous wine soaked first viewing of Boy but that is less a reflection on Boy than a reflection on wine…

More Boy less wine… that does not sound right.

More Boy the movie shall we? Taika Waititi directed Boy. You may know this director from other films he has directed including Search for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows. Yes, that’s him. Google tells me Mr Waititi will be directing the next Thor film.That is good.

Boy is lovely. You should watch it, but don’t drink wine beforehand. Drink your wine afterwards as you discuss the amazing New Zealand countryside, the role of fathers in a boy’s childhood, the role of Michael Jackson in everyone’s childhood and wonder at the complaint “not crayfish for dinner again”…

The Blind Side

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Is it just me or is Sandra Bullock starting to look like later life Michael Jackson? A quick images search and apparently it’s not just me…

Weird.

Weird.

Anyway apart from the distraction of constantly wondering “is that Sandra or Michael?’, I thought The Blind Side was just a disappointingly bad film. How this ever won Sandra/Michael any awards is beyond me. She puts on an accent? She wears tight clothes? She is a woman of ‘a certain age’ who got an acting gig? She looks like Michael Jackson? And she won the Academy Award for best actress? I’m starting to think I could win one.

The best thing about The Blind Side is that it is a true story. I would have much preferred to watch a doco about the actual family than this overblown melodrama. The main character is not even the main character; wouldn’t it have made sense to tell this from the point of view of the young man whose life was turned around? What do I know about that guy from watching this? Not much, apparently he plays football now.

Some good things, I am Australian therefore know nothing of this “American Football” stuff and I didn’t need to know anything to understand what was going on (good thing). Yes, that’s it.

Here are some bad things, so many stereotypes about the black community in the USA, are they really all dodgy/drug addicted/unemployed/gang members? Not one black person (apart from our footballing hero) was portrayed in a good way (bad thing). Even the man who first took in our footballing hero abandoned him to homelessness (bad thing). On the other hand Sandra/Michael’s family are rich white angels with so much money and love to give and no drugs/dodginess/unemployment. So, The Blind Side, are you telling me that white people are really better than everyone else because their skin is so pale? (bad thing). Seriously, only white people are good in this movie. A few white people are a bit judgemental but none of them are “really” bad apparently because they all have money and jobs and white skin (bad thing).

This could have been done so much better, it is a true story, so, yes, a rich white family took in a young black homeless man and gave him an amazing opportunity to shine (good thing, definitely). But did the screenwriters really have to suggest that there was no other way out, that there were no shining lights in his community to be an example of not being drugged/dodgy/unemployed? That there were very few chances for this young man with his family background and the influences around him is clear but to write-off a whole community as poor, mean and bad is pretty offensive. I get that being part of a poor community does limit chances (bad thing) but the stereotyping of non-whites versus whites in this film is really pathetic (bad thing).

Sandra/Michael is usually a good actress but this film is pretty much a load of tripe. Portraying a rich white family as heroes for using their money for good is boring and how many more times do we need to see white people heroically saving non-white people from poverty? It’s condescending and pretty much just racist (do I need to say it? BAD THING). Anyone can end up in poverty and there are many different reasons not just crack addictions and being a gang member. Not everyone who lives in a ‘bad’ part of town is a loser with no future. Hollywood needs to stop telling us this is so.

I am so disappointed by this film. Sandra/Michael has let me down. I’m off to watch The Heat again so I can at least get a couple of laughs out of her Sandra/Michael face again (good thing).