The Odd Life of Timothy Green Review

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A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all their wished for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though, Timothy Green is not all that he appears. 

A beautiful film with a captivating narrative not just for kids, but for the entire family. While the film is great for kids and its ideas are welcoming, the adults will be the ones to shed a tear or two during the films progression.

The film starts off somewhat cliched as Mr and Mrs Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner, respectively) tell their unbelievable yet magical story to a counsellot (Shohreh Aghdashloo). However, as the first act progresses we are taken on an uplifting journey as Timothy Green (CJ Adams) comes to life. Adams captivates the entire audience with his remarkable performance. He is filled with warmth and the audience devotes all their attention and sympathy towards him. Edgerton and Garner work well together. Their chemostry as a couple wanting a family is perfect, maybe a little too perfect. Their relationship seems more realistic in the second half of the film as disagreements arise.

It’s a magical film made to a have a G rating. Hollywood can’t keep making apocalypit and ‘shoot-em-up’ films and forget about the little kids. Despite having a 2012 release in the US, it’s a refreshing change to watch a G rated film that isn’t an animation. Yes the names are cheesy kiddy-type, but the film is far from that.

Before you walk into the cinema become the glass half full person, believe in fairytales and happy endings just for two hours, or at least while you accompany your child or a friend who still believes in magic. Even if you don’t shed a tear during the film, you’ll most certainly never look at pencils the same way you did before.

The film runs for 105 minutes and is playing in 3 cinemas in Perth; Event Innaloo, Hoyts Carousel and Grand Cinemas Currumbine. It’s overlooked by most reviewers as they are not the target audience for this film. I rate it 7 out of 10 stars. Take the kids, or your grandkids.


Stacey's favourite films include: Titanic (1997), Cast Away (2000), Moulin Rouge (2001), The Notebook (2004), Kill Bill vol.1 and 2 (2003, 2004), Ruby Sparks (2012) and the list goes on. 


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