Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Running Time: 105 minutes
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is making its way onto DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th just in time for Christmas. I recall seeing a few advertisements for it when it was released to theaters, but I never got a chance to see it until I watched it on DVD last night. Disney was nice enough to send me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
At first I thought The Odd Life of Timothy Green was based on a book, but I was mistaken as it was based on the concept by Ahmet Zappa. It was written and directed by Peter Hedges (What's Eating Gilbert Grape).
Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner star as Jim and Cindy Green, a couple living in the small drought-stricken town of Stanleyville, North Carolina. Jim spends his days working at the town's historic pencil factory while Cindy works at the local museum. The couple desperately wants to have children, but they find out they cannot conceive a child.
Heartbroken, they write down their dream child's characteristics onto pieces of paper, put the pieces into a wooden box and buried it in their garden.
Strangely, a thunderstorm occurs only on their property and they are awaken in the middle of the night by the appearance of a ten-year-old boy named Timothy covered in mud. After cleaning the mud off, Jim and Cindy discover the boy has leaves growing on his legs. Even more odd is that there is a now hole in their garden and the wooden box they buried has been crushed.
The Greens takes the boy in and introduces Timothy to their family and friends as their adopted son. To their surprise, Timothy is not like other boys as he has a special gift that will forever change their lives.
There are not many clean-cut family films anymore, but The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a heartfelt film that the entire family can watch together. By the few advertisements I saw on television, I already had a good idea what the premise was about. Most fantasies focuses on special effects, but The Odd Life of Timothy Green focuses on human emotion brought to life by a well written script and marvelous acting by the entire cast. Overall, I enjoyed watching every bit of the movie as it was a breath of fresh air. I recommend putting the movie on your Christmas wish list.
- Blu-ray + DVD Combo
- The giveaway is open only to U.S. and Canadian residents.
- No P.O. Boxes, please.
- Disney will ship the winners' copies via UPS closer to release date, December 4.
- Giveaway Ends November 29th, 2012!
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