So, I am still coming down from the high of an awesome week in New York City. I was thrilled to attend BlogHer ’12 with, not only a gaggle of fellow bloggers, but also with my best friend and her husband. Part of our trip included the awesome invitation to the sneak preview of the latest film from Walt Disney Pictures, The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
I love a good family movie and this is definitely one of them. I would say that this movie, while appropriate for any age, is best understood by the adolescent crowd. It follows the story of Mr. and Mrs. Green, who desperately want to have a family, and after years with no success, they sort of give up. As a way of coping, they scribble on pieces of paper, all the attributes their child would have. They bury them in a box in the garden. That’s when the fun begins…
Overall, Timothy Green is a wonderful movie. CJ Adams, who plays Timothy, is excellent. He is adorable, and the audience will fall completely under his spell. I was certainly glued to his infectious smile and dimples. Adams offers a sensitive portrayal of a complex little boy, who not only teaches his parents to be confident, but also offers them hope for their future.
This film also touches on another important theme: that it’s okay to be different. Timothy marches to his own beat and also bears some interesting features on his legs, although much of the action focuses on his friendship with a special little girl. I have to say, that this friendship was lovely to watch, but I was left wanting a bit more. I wanted to know more about what made it special and how these two children were connected. The two have undeniable chemistry, and I felt their on screen friendship must have been an extension of real life. I craved more scenes with them.
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are excellent as Mommy and Daddy Green. They are a wonderful portrait of the “couple next door” and you really root for them. You just know what awesome parents they want to be. Their strong marriage and support for one another is awesome to watch in our modern age of “anything goes”.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green brought tears to my eyes and left me feeling uplifted. It’s full of all the humor and emotion that you would expect from a Disney film. It’s a wholesome look at an American family and all that they hope for in life. It left me with a great appreciation for the blessings that have been given to me as a wife and even more so, as a mother.
A definite recommend!