That’s kind of how I felt when sitting down earlier this week to view THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN.
But that’s not a bad thing.
Disney’s come up with an enchanting, live action—almost magical— fairy tale. And no matter how cynical we sometimes get, it really sucks you into the story.
Welcome to Stanleyville, billed as the pencil capital of the world. Here Joel Edgerton and wife Jennifer Garner play a childless couple whose greatest wish is to become parents. They’ve tried everything but the doctor has pretty well shattered their hopes.
So one evening after splitting a bottle of wine they write up all of their wishes for the perfect boy on pieces of paper, place them in a small box and bury it in their backyard vegetable garden.
That night a storm hits the drought ridden burg and suddenly someone appears before them. He’s a mud-covered 10 year old named Timothy. And this perfect kid possesses all of the traits they had earlier wished for.
To make things even spookier, dad discovers a hole in the vegetable bed.
Is that where he came from?
There’s one more unusual matter about Timothy. He’s got green leaves sprouting from his ankles. And as our new parents now attempt to involve their E.T.-like son in typical, everyday life—school, soccer, friends—things just aren’t quite right. Some of the leaves on his ankles are starting to turn brown and fall off.
Well, I’m not going any further here. Suffice it to say that this small, sweet movie actually works. It’s original and will get to you. A good family movie.
Young C.J. Adams as Timothy pulls it off.
And if the Hallmark movie channel was lucky enough to eventually end up with this film, who knows, I might find myself turning to it even though KMBC has returned to its channel 12 slot.
The PG-rated ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN—also featuring Rosemarie DeWitt, David Morse, Ron Livingston and Dianne Wiest—raises 3 out of 5 sentimental fingers.
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings at 6:40 a.m. on KMBZ Am & Fm / Also anytime on Time-Warner Cable’s K.C. ON DEMAND, Channel 411 / And throughout Nebraska on NEBRASKA ON DEMAND, Channel 411.