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Odd Life Of Timothy Green, The (2012)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mild thematic elements and brief language
Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, C. J. Adams, Dianne Wiest, Rosemarie DeWitt, Common, Ron Livingston, Odeya Rush, Lois Smith, Michael Arden, Sharon Morris, Rhoda Griffis
Peter Hedges, Ahmet Zappa
Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.
Odd Life Of Timothy Green, The (2012) | Review
A Sweet, Beautiful Celebration Of Family
The success of a movie like this rest squarely on the shoulders of the cast. If we don't buy in to their characters, then we won't buy in to what the movie is about. Fortunately, the cast carries this film with aplomb. Jennifer Garner as Cindy Green is beautiful in every sense of the word in this movie. She deftly portrays the complex emotions of a want-to-be-mom who's denied that opportunity, only to have her desire fulfilled in other, far more unexpected ways. Plus, her relationship with Joel Edgerton as Jim Green is sweet and heartwarming; a portrayal of marriage where a mature love is alive and thriving. I know some cynics will think this portrayal of such an idyllic and happy marriage is far too saccharine and frankly outdated in our "forward-thinking", modern world. However, I think it's an accurate portrayal of what marriage can and should be, and in some cases (I'm fortunate enough to be among those) actually is. Yes marriage can be a joy and a delight; warm and close and filled with a lasting love. There are hard moments, there are heart-breaking moments, but marriage can withstand those and still be full of fun, joy, and love, come what may, and it's nice to see a movie portray just that. Then there's CJ Adams who plays the title character. He reminds me a bit of a young Haley Joel Osment. He plays Timothy Green pitch perfect with just the right amount of mystery, curiosity, wonder, kindness, and sincerity. Again, this movie just wouldn't have worked without the right kid, but fortunately that wasn't a problem for this movie.
Throughout the movie, Timothy Green touches the lives of everyone around him in unique and special ways. Part of this is due to the fact that he's very acutely aware of one important thing; we all have only so much time, therefore we must make the most of the time given us. We all have gifts to share; gifts of kindness, of encouragement, of friendship, of comfort, of generosity, of laughter, of truth, and on and on. We also have many unique opportunities to share those gifts, but we need to seize the moments we're given because we can't be sure they'll ever come again. Unlike Timothy Green, most of us don't know exactly how much time we have, we don't know if we'll get another chance or another tomorrow, which makes it all more important for us to share the gifts we have every moment we get.
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