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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Posted by admin on August 17, 2012


A family is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen. Mom, dad, and the children make up the dream that everyone wants. If they can’t be wealthy in a financial sense, then they can be rich with love. Through the best and worst times, your children are always there to accept your affection. You need them to complete a reminder of why life should remain innocent and children need you to teach them the skills they require when they grow up. Often, parents feel like they need to have the perfect child. They’ll make them get the best grades and put them through numerous hobby activities. Not that they shouldn’t, but isn’t more important to love what you created?

I don’t have children, but I have relatives that are still young, and I couldn’t live without them. Whether they want to play with you or say thank you to the Christmas gift you given them, seeing that joy is wonderful. The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a movie that defines the importance of raising a child. All parents have goals for their children, but Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) have their own list of what makes their kid stand out.

Setting itself in a beautiful New England town of Stanleyville, The Odd Life of Timothy Green opens with the parents explaining their story to an adoption agency. After many years of trying, Cindy finds out she cannot conceive children. This is always heartbreaking to any wannabe parents.  So they decide to have a child through the written word. They write down everything they would want to kid to be (“Truthful to a fault”, “Rocks!” , “Score the winning goal” , etc…). They place it into a box and burry it in the garden. One stormy night later, an eleven year old comes into their home claiming to be their own. 

Timothy is a great little kid. CJ Adams gives that perfect balance of cuteness and spunk to play this miracle from the Earth. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t make an attempt to figure out how he came about. It’s almost like a beautifully dramatic Twilight Zone story. But because of how life is, Timothy is not always perfect. He has leaves growing out of his legs. He soaks up energy from the sun like a living tree. Plus he makes mistakes that disappoint his parents. Luckily, they support him no matter what and never give up to bringing their own miracles to the town.

For a live action movie that came from Disney, I was amazingly surprised. This is a movie that children have to see. This is the perfect lesson that it’s okay to be different. Parents can also learn that there is no such thing as a perfect child. It’s all about loving everything you have. Not to mention the autumn colors of the cinematography burst out with a large pallet. It paints the warm and soft tone the movie wants. If you are ready to see something magical, then Timothy is a modern day fairy tale.


I’ll give this four autumn trees out of five. With great loves comes a great person. As long as you can be there for your child whenever they need you, then they will always believe in you. Be the person they believe in. 


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