|Still from The Odd Life of Timothy Green|
After struggling to conceive, Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner), one stormy night decide to bury a box in their Backyard containing every possible trait they'd want in a Child. With the sprinkle of a Storm and the blowing of the wind, ten-year-old Timothy (CJ Adams) surfaces in their lives suddenly, bearing many of the traits they had wished for, adopting Jim and Cindy as his Mom and Dad.
Faced with the challenge of incorporating Timothy into their lives - including explaining his sudden presence to Family and Friends - Jim and Cindy are delighted, yet painfully aware of their own insecurities as new Parents. The Boy too faces his own struggles in adapting to life in his Town as the odd one out.
As the mysterious leaves which sprout from Timothy's legs begin to fall, he goes on to touch the hearts of those around him, learning what it means to love and be loved. Faced with the pressures and expectations of being the Son whom his Parents want him to be, we see the Couple begin to lose sight of what it means to be a Family. Will they figure it all out before Timothy decides to reveal to them his deepest Secret?
Directed and written by Peter Hedges (Pieces of April, Dan in Real Life), The Odd Life of Timothy Green is the type of Movie which tugs ever so gently at the heartstrings, finally going for the full yank late when all unravels. When the tears come believe me, they come hard. The Film commands a repeat viewing on DVD, ably keeping a Child occupied for hours on-end on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Although it is far more modest than some other recent ventures from Disney, the Fantasy-Drama certainly makes-up in charm what it lacks in technical trickery. Small and big Kids alike take away the importance of valuing those around us in all of Life's impermanence and also, we see that it's alright to be different.
Garner as always is magnetic, while Edgerton shows us a new dimension in his vast range as an Actor. Dianne Wiest is a delight to watch as Cindy's hard-to-please Boss, while Adams shows tons of promise in this his second Role ever in a Feature. Walt Disney Motion Pictures releases The Odd Life of Timothy Green on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.