Flash Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Posted by moviejoltz
It is such a downer when reality interferes with fantasy. The same can be said when innocence gets lost in reality. What struck a chord in me was the pure innocence in Timothy Green, played by CJ Adams (Dan in Real Life). The pleasure Timothy took in the things around him, while others made fun of him for being different, brought back uncomfortable memories for me. I did not expect this fanciful film to gently broach the topic of bullying. Timothy came into the lives of Cindy and Jim Green, played by Jennifer Garner (Juno, Daredevil) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing), just when their dream to be parents was meeting the reality that it wasn’t meant to be. Not only was Timothy everything they had wished for, he was something much more. For a Disney movie, I was expecting an extra spoonful of sugar to sweeten the story. But, what was a pleasant surprise was the matter of fact way they dealt with the topics of family and adoption. The acting was even throughout the movie; I thought the casting of CJ Adams was a very good choice. My disappointment came in the unsurprising script. It was easy to see where each scene was meant to take us. Where it was fortunate that this was a Disney movie was also a disadvantage. The sweetness factor was pushed to an excess, as if the audience was expected to ooh and ahh at certain scenes. All in all, this was a family friendly film with a good heart to it. You just might have to take a shot of insulin to handle the added sugar, though.
2 1/2 stars