Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

This movie has been showing previews for ever a year. I've been excited to see it since I first saw the trailer last year. I love fantasies that happen in the "real world," so I thought this would be right up my alley.

Before we continue, the  trailer:

Like reviews past, I won't be divulging much plot, because I believe to experience a movie, you shouldn't know what happens. I'm also an avid reader of TV show spoilers, so I don't practice what I preach, but I digress.

I honestly felt for the Greens, Cindy and Jim (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton), a working-class couple who exhausted all resources to having their own child, and after a night of wine and list making, they bury a box of the features they want in their child. Later that night, a little Oliver Twist-looking urchin is running around their farmhouse. He explains that he's their son. He's a very matter-of-fact child, asking no questions about who they are. He knows. He was sent to them.

They're such a great family.
The Greens' family and friends all want to know where Timothy came from, especially Cindy's "perfect" sister, Brenda (Rosemarie DeWitt), who had, I think, the most insensitive line of the whole movie: "I thought you wanted a "real" child." Seriously. Who SAYS that to an infertile couple who have been given a wonderful gift? Her character didn't grow on me at all throughout the movie. She was a BAD sister.

Where Cindy had a bad sister, Jim had a bad father. He didn't have a good relationship with his father growing up, as his father never settled for anything less than a star-making sport (which, Jim wasn't), and when it looked like Timothy would spend the entire soccer season as a water boy, Big Jim (David Morse) would show up for five minutes and then leave. Until Jim (Timothy's father) made him stay and watch Timothy's last game. It was memorable to say the least.

Timothy and his girlfriend, Joni. Yes. A 10-Yr-Old has a girlfriend.
The movie was sweet. It had it's hysterical moments and definitely was a tear jerker, but not to the extent of some super sad kids movies (My Girl, Land Before Time, Honey I Shrunk the Kids-When Anty died, my sister and I were supposedly inconsolable, according to my grandma). As an adult, I can understand the ending. I can see where kids would probably take issue with it.

All in all, I liked it, but I probably won't rush to own it on DVD. It was good for a rainy afternoon before a baseball game.

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