For those of you thinking about seeing this movie -- I highly recommend it!
I honestly wasn't 100% sure what to expect from The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I had only seen previews back before it came out, and it had been a little while since then. To catch you up, here's the trailer from Disney.
One of the things that I love about Disney, but had frankly forgotten in my older age, is that they think outside of the box. This story isn't ordinary, and you have to conjure up some of the magic you believed in as a child. It felt so easy at age 6 to believe that Mary Poppins could jump into a chalk drawing or fly with an umbrella, but at 37 I had to remind myself that it was okay for a movie to suggest that a little boy grew from a garden.
This getting older business is for the dogs!
Back to my point -- I fell in love with the entire Green family, and wanted so much for things to work out for them. They live in a small town, USA, that has a large pencil factory that is the heart and soul of the town's economy. The parents, played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, had so much love to give and wanted so badly to be parents, that you can't help but be excited for them when this sweet little boy arrives, covered in mud, and calls them mom and dad.
My kids watched this movie with me, and we all got lost in the story. The ups and downs of bringing someone new and different into the lives of others -- we laughed and we cried. We cried a LOT, actually. Be ready with the tissues! But in the end, we had a true sense of peace with where things ended up, and we felt like everything that happened had a reason. No loose ends were left untied -- there is closure and thankfulness and love. What more can you ask for?
I received a copy of this film to review. All opinions are my own.