Movie Review – The Odd Life of Timothy Green
I watched this movie, thinking that it would be silly and quick. However, near the end, I was in tears for this family and the outcome of Timothy Green.
Even though I tried not to get involved, the movie pulled me in.
Cindy Green (Jennifer Gardner) and James Green (Joel Edgerton) are parents who desperately want a child. In a therapeutic way, they write down everything they’d like in a kid including the name Timothy. When a boy with leaves on his ankles shows up, they don’t know quite what to believe.
Through the course of the movie, they fall in love with Timothy and learn how special he is. They make mistakes and learn from them. Their grief becomes yours.
It’s not a wonderful movie, but it is entertaining. I would have done the ending slightly differently.
My rating 4/5 stars.
This was not an action packed gripping movie, but a bittersweet tale.
If you want a decent movie that’s safe for kids (in my opinion) 5 and up, that the whole family can watch, then try this one. However, there is a scene (pool) that young children might need to be explained about why Timothy kicks – i.e. when it’s safe to defend yourself and when it’s being mean.
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.