“Blind Side” or blind spot?

I saw this trailer the other day when I went to see Julia & Julie, and it made me sigh (I sigh a lot!).

It's got all the right elements for my ire:

  • a rich white family who is well-meaning but maybe idealistic
  • a poor black kid who has nothing and a family/community who is neglectful
  • a way for the poor black kid to "overcome" his poverty and background
  • a feel-good redemption in the end as the rich white person ends up learning some sort of "lesson."
  • Don't forget that the poor black kid will be tested – will he choose his abusive black community/family who will try and pull him back down? Because you know that one thing poor black communities just hate is if one of their own succeeds!
  • Oh, and a line where in response to the poor kid being seen as lucky to have been adopted by the rich family, a line where she says, "I'm the lucky one."

Yeah, I hated hated hated the trailer – but – after reading this review from Entertainment Weekly website, I might read the book (I will definitely read the book before I see the movie).

From EW's Margaret Lyons:

"… my
concerns remain the same: that this will be a cheesy adaptation of an incredibly interesting and complex story.
If you’ve read the excellent book — and I can’t recommend it highly
enough — you may also worry that the movie will ignore its real
strengths, namely Michael Lewis’ ability to make professional
football’s shift towards a quarterback-dominant passing game sound
interesting. I don’t even give a fart about football, but I loved this
book."

Will this film be another in a line of Great White Hope movies, with a side of transracial adoption? Or is this just an example of my own blind spot? We'll have to wait and see.

Trailer below.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

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