The Odd Life of Timothy Green – Movie Review

The Odd Life of Timothy Green – Movie Review

Director: Peter Hedges
Writers: Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Fantasy

Odd Life Of Timothy Green Movie ReviewThe Odd Life of Timothy Green is, well, odd. It’s a garden variety wish-fulfillment story with an undercurrent of weirdness, but it does tug at your heartstrings. A lot. It will bring tears to your eyes, in places. The fantasy elements are handled with very little fanfare, and no CGI, leaving the film to simply rely on the story.

The things this movie does well it does very well indeed. Cindy and Jim Green are incredibly earnest and well-intentioned, the parents every kid wishes he had. They try so hard. When Timothy comes into their lives, mistakes or not, lots of love is involved.

Early on, there is a delightful scene (involving a bottle of wine) where the Greens describe their ideal child and the traits he would have. They really cut loose. Some of the best moments in this flick are when the Greens show this passion, with no regard for who is watching.

But do the Greens really need a child? Maybe they need to work out their own issues first: Jim’s problems with his father’s poor parenting and Cindy’s feeling of competition with her sister having a her perfect family.

The whole tale is set as a flashback within a framing story, making many, many plot points predictable. My first thought was that the filmmakers were trying to accentuate the fairytale aspects of the story by creating distance, setting it in the past, but throughout the movie no one even questions the sudden appearance of a ten-year-old child. So I’m not sure why they bothered.

I’ve read an interview with Peter Hedges (director) where he talks about the creative process behind the film, and a mythos involving children from various elements (fire, water, etc.) and how they’re misunderstood when they appear. More of that background could have made for a very interesting film indeed. Instead there’s workplace crises, and school shenanigans, and a very odd relationship between Timothy and Joni–a girl who looks too old to be bothering with a ten-year-old.


Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are fine as the Greens, although a bit bland. CJ Adams absolutely shines as Timothy, the perfect child that everyone loves. He is sweet, almost angelic at times. He makes you believe.

Overall, there is just a strange vibe to this one that I had trouble getting past. And it’s become more obvious in the time that’s passed since I’ve seen the film. It’s cute and amusing the first time through, but not one I think I want to see again.

Reviewed by Elektra Hammond
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It’s a garden variety wish-fulfillment story with an undercurrent of weirdness, but it does tug at your heartstrings. A lot. It will bring tears to your eyes, in places. The fantasy elements are handled with very little fanfare, and no CGI, leaving the film to simply rely on the story.
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Elektra Hammond

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