Friday, August 17, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton play a couple who, more than anything, want a child of their own.  Unfortunately it seems that's just not in the cards for them.  But if you truly want something and never give up, sometimes the impossible becomes possible.

It's refreshing to have a family film that isn't a ridiculous animated comedy, doesn't insult your intelligence, and isn't cookie cutter.  Like 'Big Fish' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', this one's original, well casted, and has just the right amount of magic realism.  Writer/Director Peter Hedges ('Pieces of April', 'Dan in Real Life') clearly knows how to make a technically solid movie and also get just the right performances, particularly from CJ Adams who plays 10 year old Timothy Green.  Adams is this year's Thomas Horn (the child prodigy from last year's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close') and earnestly plays the child we all wish we had.  (Like with Horn, some audiences will undoubtedly be irked by him, but I thought he was great.)  If you've ever wanted something so badly but that seemed impossible then this movie may be an inspiration for you.

Grade: B+

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