Friday, December 14, 2012

12/14/12: The Odd Life of Timothy Green Review

I had the honor of receiving one of the most magical family movie's recently to review.  The movie is Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green.  It is truly a movie you can feel good about watching as a family.
The story starts with Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim Green (Joel Edgerton) finding out that it will not be possible to conceive a child.  More than anything they want their own child and they start to envision what this Perfect Child would be like as seen through this clip.
They write down all of their thoughts on little scraps of paper and bury them in the yard in the garden.  Miraculously a little boy comes to them during the night with leaves growing out of his legs.
This little boy truly touches everyone he meets despite being different.  Everyone is changed for the better after meeting him.
I have to bring up one quote that I absolutely loved.  On Timothy's first day of school, Jim Green says to him "Have a good day" and Cindy says to him "too much pressure" and he then says "Have the day you have".  I love that!
Here's some behind the scenes from Director Peter Hedges':

The relationship between the characters was so real.  Especially between the Green family.  Here is some behind the scenes on Jennifer and Joe's On-Screen Relationship

Timothy also met a friend and through Timothy she embraced how she was different.
I am not going to lie there is a sad ending and I did cry, however it was an uplifting ending too that makes you feel that everything is going to be ok.
Here are some activities you can do that is great for the holidays with pictures of family on a tree:
Download Odd Life Family Tree
More about the movie:
FROM THE MAGICAL WORLD OF DISNEY COMES A FAMILY FILM WITH HEART, HUMOR AND FUN Releases In Full Bloom For the Holidays on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, High Definition Digital and On-Demand, December 4, 2012 
Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” one of the year’s most uplifting and enchanting family films, springs up on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, High Definition Digital and On-Demand platforms on December 4, 2012. It’s the perfect, must-own family-film for audiences of all ages to enjoy and snuggle up to this coming holiday season. From Academy Award-nominated writer/director Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape), and starring Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Oscar® winner Dianne Wiest and CJ Adams as Timothy Green, comes this highly imaginative story about a happily married couple who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. Then one stormy night young Timothy shows up on their doorstep. Soon they and the small town in which they live learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. The story is written by Ahmet Zappa (“American Gangster,” “Changeling”). “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” Blu-ray Combo Pack provides viewers with the chance to delve deeper into this captivating movie experience through never-before-seen bonus features, including the documentary “Family Roots: Bringing ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ to the Screen,” which looks at this unique family story and the creative team that brought it to life; “Glen Hansard: Behind ‘This Gift” – the Academy Award® winning songwriter tells how he and Marketa Irglova crafted the moving end-credits song; “This Gift” Music Video by Glen Hansard; Five all-new deleted scenes; and a director audio-commentary.
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Disclosure:  I received this movie for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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