THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN: A Review

Oh My God – it finally gets an Australian cinematic release – they kept that one quiet – this film, a totally amazing Disney film doing its best Disney, THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, released last August in the U.S. and they shelved it for cinema release in this country.

I got loaned a copy on DVD last December and reviewed it – I truly loved this film. Now before you start reading my review below from December, this film is REALLY BEAUTIFUL BUT SAD. If you have kids older than five then this is a must see film – but be ready for tears – so many in fact that YOU MUST YOUTUBE SEARCH “REACTIONS TO THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN” – so many parents have filmed their kid’s reactions to the film – it is beautiful and quite funny 🙂

Director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim – and their small town of Stanleyville – learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

 

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Poster
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Poster

 

Disney is back peeps to what it does best. Schmaltzy, vanilla, 7th-Heaven-would-be-proud, family films. This is all this film is – a P/PG rated film made with the Disney core values for the entire family to enjoy from 5 to 95yrs old. I am such a sap for these kind of films – they are the ultimate in feel good and make a stupid premise believable and for a kid – this is GOLD. Just like a VW coming to life in the Herbie films from when I was a kid we now have Timothy who comes from the ground as a fully living breathing child in answer to the prayers of sad-and-desperate-to-be parents.

 

Timothy Green, Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

 

If you want to critique this film you could tear it apart but if you want a fun little family ride that will allow you not to think and enjoy the smiles, laughs and tears of yourself or your kids then this one is for you.

CJ Adams is the winner in this film. He is just the cutest little kid who really can act. He is a bit mysterious, very matter of fact and while it is so cute in reality I would find this “son from the garden” bloody freaky and chop his head off hahaha. CJ is from “Dan in Real Life” and is soon to be “Against the Wild” about two siblings and their malamute who must survive in the wilderness after a plane crash – sounds good. CJ brings just the right mix of character to Timothy – he is believable as the kid of the earth who is equal parts naive and wise. An odd mix I know but it makes sense – he is naive to the ways of people but wise to the ways of the world – the bigger picture could not be clearer for him.

 

Timothy Green, Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

 

Now I love Jennifer Garner, I was an Alias obsessed viewer so will watch Garner in anything – she does comedy well and I thought her and Joel Edgerton made the perfect childless married couple – I could see them dating in real life also but alas this will never happen. The film also has a very odd Dianne Wiest and I think this was one of the little letdowns – her character needed to be utilized more. It would have been worth exploring this further.

 

Timothy Green, Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams

 

The sad thing about this film is that it is not getting a cinematic release in Australia so I urge you to grab a copy to view or own when it comes out on DVD and sadly, there is not even a release date for that as yet. I think it will come out soon though – would be a good holiday film.

I give this great little innocent family film 8 out of 10 shin leaves.