Friday, December 7, 2012

Movie night out - the odd life of Timothy Green

Earlier this week a few of my mommy-friends and I went to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. I'm so disappointed I forgot to take a picture because we looked so cute together!

From the very first moment of this movie I noticed it has an outstandingly beautiful soundtrack. I think I loved every moment of the music. The cinematography is gorgeous, so much beautiful warm light. I adored everything about the location - it reminded me of some places around my hometown, which is not surprising since it was filmed mostly in Georgia (shout out to Newnan, GA! I'm so glad I looked that up.)  I loved the wardrobe.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green has been advertised as a feel-good family movie, but I would have to disagree. While there are precious moments of kid-friendly humor and feel-good moments throughout the movie I'd say it's an emotional roller coaster that most kids would not be able to handle. This video of two brothers crying after leaving the theater has gone viral.  I am not terribly surprised - it is an emotionally intense movie.

From the gut-wrenching sadness as the movie opens to scenes of the couple mourning their infertility to the predictable tear-jerker dramatic climax and everything in between, parents fighting, a close family member dies, being bullied at school, nearly drowning at a pool-party, trouble on a sports team, parents loosing their jobs, difficult relationships with extended family. It's a lot to take in.

On top of this emotional roller coaster is jaw-dropping parenting styles. I think my friends and I let out a unified gasp of horror at how intense these parents are, unhealthily so.  I liked how they admitted they made mistakes and embraced mistakes as part of the normal experience of parenting but at moments it was almost painful to watch.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a beautiful movie, unquestionably. Definitely like stepping into a fairy tale, but it's a sad fairy tale, one that I don't think many kids would be able to relate to or have the emotional maturity to process. Despite it's family-friendly rating I wouldn't get this movie for my kids to watch. This is a movie to share with a bowl of ice cream and a box of tissues. And then go download the soundtrack.

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  1. Muy interesante tu comentario. Voy a ver la película cuando la tengamos por estas latitudes. Un abrazo y feliz fin de semana!!

  2. Faith, I agree with everything you said. At the same time, I might let my kids watch it with me when they are a bit older. I didn't grow up with parents who talked to me about life or who taught me too well how to care for others. So movies that are emotionally intense can really make a child think about choices they want to make and challenge them. A lot of movies have shaped my tenderness towards others feelings in good ways. I would definitely talk to my kids about it if I chose to let them watch it...with me. :)


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