Flash Movie Review: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

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

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 26, 2012, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Mixed review as well for me. I wasn’t planning on seeing it, but lately it almost seems like a given, if I say to myself I’ll save the $10 and pass on a film, it becomes a given I go see it lol I liked the innocence as well. My favorite scene had to be the low rider scene, thought that was pretty creative. Definitely has it’s limitations. The winning goal, perhaps It was just me, but I just had a gut feeling it would turn out the way it did. Also, I think in a film like this one, the script could have been enhanced by not opening with the meeting, it basically eliminated a lot of what wonder could have been. But because they did it this way, the ending was inevitable. But yeah, definitely some worthwhile parts as a whole. Nice review. Thanks

  2. Loved your Reviews! Will definitely be following this and may even have a spot for you if interested…

  3. Formulaic fantasy is the worst kind sounds like.

  4. Cool blog, and good work! I might even see old Tim Green. Although my favorite all-time movie is Napoleon Dynamite, you could say that sweetness is, in fact, one of that film’s underlying themes, although pulled off with an artistry that disguises just how much, well, insulin, it ultimately requires of us. A few years ago, I substitute taught an 8th grade social studies class and I was hysterically surprised at how much of the dialogue the boys had committed to memory. We all got in trouble when the principal walked in.
    Hey, thanks very much for visiting me, and for liking that specific post. Because of the subject matter, it was particularly meaningful to me. Thank-you.

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