G) The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Walt Disney Pictures.
Running Time: 105 Minutes.
2 and a half stars out of 4.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is an enchanting, heartfelt, summer adventure, filed with good performances, a good story, and a good message. The film is not amazing nor awful, but one things for sure and that is, this film is good.
In the beginning we are introduced to Cindy Green(Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green(Joel Edgerton), they are in a doctors office heartbroken as they hear that they are unable to conceive a child. They return back home in farmland country, and are deeply depressed. This is when Jim gets an idea that they will have a child "tonight." Cindy is startled at what he is saying and does not understand what he means. Jim gets a notebook and writes out things that there child would have, for example, like how there child would never give up, would score the winning goal, would be a glass half full type of person, and many more attributes about there child. When they finish writing the attributes about they "child," Jim buries the box in the back garden. That night there is a huge thunderstorm, and we hear something come from the downstairs of the Green household. Jim runs downstairs to check what happened, and he notices the back door is open. Jim and Cindy check each room of the house, before they encounter a mud covered young boy in the guest bedroom. They exchange hello's, and learn his name is Timothy. They question if he is for them, or if he is lost. They keep Timothy after a strong feeling that he is for them, then notice that there is a big hole in the back garden, and the notes from the box are everywhere. Timothy also has leaves growing at the bottom of his legs. As time goes on we get to know Timothy and Jim and Cindy realize that he is everything they ever wanted in a child.
This movie is good. The performances are good, the story is good, the message is not strong but is good. But, I felt this film could have been less safe then it was, and have a had a much better ending, an ending that makes the characters believable, and as not only movie charactres. I wanted something more from The Odd Life of Timothy Green, I wanted more humour, more emotion, and I wanted it to be better. The film plays into every single family movie cliché. The father Jim has what looks like an estranged relationship with his father, and wants to be the dad that he never had, and one or two more cliché's that might be a spoiler.
As far as performances go they are pretty solid, especially newcomer CJ Adams who has the tough role of playing Timothy Green, his performance made him probably the best actor and most believable character in the film. Garner and Edgerton are also pretty descent and played the role of a parent with a different type of child, perfectly. I just thought that at times the filmmakers and storytellers could have given her more to work with to make her character more exciting. This also would have help with Edgerton's Jim character, where his emotional background comes form a bad relationship with his father. This felt too been there, done that for me. The friendship/romance that is setup for Timothy is believable, and makes sense to the fictional character that has been setup.
The reason for the B grade, is because it did not "wow" me or blow me away, but what basically what I excpected from a mid August live action Disney film. The Odd Life of Timothy Green, does have a good script, but the script is filled with many plot holes, and little character development