The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Blu-ray/DVD release date: December 4th, 2012) was my most anticipated film of 2012. During the summer of 2011, over a year before the film was released in theaters, I attended a Disney press trip and was given a sneak peek of the film. It really appealed to me because of its fairy tale-like qualities and the fact that it looked like it would be a family film with a lot of depth. I rarely get the opportunity to go out to movies since most films I’d want to see are not kid-friendly, but I bought a ticket for my daughter and myself for the opening day matinee.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green (written and directed by Peter Hedges) is the story of a young couple, Cindy (Jennifer Garner) and Jim (Joel Edgerton), who have tried for years without success to conceive a child. The film opens with them discussing the possibilities of adoption with an agency. They’ve neglected to fill out the section where they tell what qualifies them to be parents because they feel it’s a story they need to tell in person in order for it to be believed.
The film alternates from Cindy and Jim’s present and months earlier when Timothy came into their lives. After accepting they would never be able make a baby, Cindy and Jim write down all of the qualities their child would have and then bury them in a box in the backyard. That same night, a rainstorm wakes them in the middle of the night and they discover a young boy covered in mud from their garden in their house who calls himself Timothy and refers to them as “Mom” and “Dad”.
Timothy is unlike other children; on his ankles are green leaves, which begin to brown and eventually fall off over time. They are gifts Timothy leaves behind to remind their recipients of important life lessons. At first, Cindy and Jim try to hide the leaves and consider having the leaves removed, but they soon come to love Timothy for his differences.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a heartwarming and thought-provoking film which explores family, both the ones we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves. I laughed, I cried, and I urged my friends to see this film because of its magic and wonderful storytelling.
Director Peter Hedges’ Gift of Patience
Family Roots: Bringing The Odd Life of Timothy Green to the Screen Cast and crew including Peter Hedges (writer/director), Jennifer Garner (Cindy Green), Joel Edgerton (Jim Green), CJ Adams (Timothy Green), Odeya Rush (Joni Jerome), and many more discuss everything from working with Peter Hedges to their on-screen relationships with their fellow cast members.
Glen Hansgard: Behind “This Gift” Peter Hedges and Glen Hansgard discuss the music for The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Fun facts include that they used a 41-piece orchestra and each main character had his/her own musical theme.
This Gift Music Video by Glen Hansgard Scenes of Glen Hansgard singing and playing the piano are alternated with sections from the film for this music video.
Deleted Scenes Peter Hedges discusses 5 scenes that were cut from the film, including two scenes involving a character that was removed entirely from the film.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.