I had my misgivings when going into the theater to see Disney’sThe Odd Life of Timothy Green. I try to avoid violent movies, which means I review a lot of PGs and, though I have a good time seeing them, they’re not always “fun for all ages” (see my review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid here). My worries were in vain; however, Odd Life is instantly enchanting and I was hooked throughout the entire 100-minute production.
The acting and character development was excellent. CJ Adams played the lead character with a disarming smile. Though Timothy often got the short end of the stick — he was benched during almost every soccer game and teased at school — he faces every adversary with bright eyes and a look of confident innocence. What’s more, Adams manages to pull this off without portraying Timothy as a goody-two-shoes with no personality. He’s both interesting and relatable.
Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton also deserve a kudos for playing Timothy’s parents. They’re the image of good people who want to do what’s right but sometimes fall short. Jim Green is always ready with a “now when I was your age” story, but is too emotional at Timothy’s soccer games. Cindy Green is a loving mother but takes her sister’s snide comments and comparisons of Timothy to her perfect kids too much to heart. The end product is a believable couple who are too hard on themselves… (click link above to read rest of the review)