I remember the first time I saw a trailer for “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” My eyes rolled so many times I think I actually lost balance. However, at my wife’s request we sat down and watched it on Blu-ray. I held on to the hope that this would be one of those films I ended up enjoying when the credits rolled at the end. It wasn’t nearly as painful as I thought it would be. The movie still felt like it was missing something in the end, though.
A happily married couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) who long to start a family find out they are unable to have children. After they bury a wish list of what traits they would want their imaginary child “Timothy” to have, they awaken in the middle of the night to find a boy (CJ Adams) on their doorstep. As Timothy is introduced to the townspeople of Stanleyville, wonderful things begin happening that can only point to his arrival.
Writer / director Peter Hedges constructed a touching film on the surface. It’s only when you dig deeper into “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” that you get the feeling there should be more of a reason for the movie to exist. I found myself dreading the end because it was all too obvious how it was going to pan out. The conclusion left both my wife and I with a sensation of dissatisfaction. This is what I would call a “feel good” movie that doesn’t leave you feeling so great.
The high-definition transfer for the Blu-ray version of the movie looks and sounds wonderful. All the beautiful colors of fall jump out of the screen at viewers. The 5.1 surround sound mix delivers a great balance of dialogue, musical score, and sound effects. You feel immersed in rustling leaves, crashing thunder, raindrops, and other sounds of nature throughout.
Bonus material for the Blu-ray edition includes audio commentary by director / writer Peter Hedges. There are also two featurettes entitled “This is Family” and “The Gift of Music.” We also get five deleted scenes with optional commentary from Peter Hedges. A music video for “This Gift,” performed by Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, is featured as well.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” tries very hard to give viewers an emotional and entertaining experience. An unsatisfying finale is likely to ruin it for most audiences. It’s a shame because the first 95-minutes promise a favorable film that isn’t granted.
“The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, High Definition Digital & On-Demand right now.
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