Do yourself a favour, read this review while you’re making up your mind and then either go watch the film or just get on with your life.
If you choose to seek out this odd coloured treat then go straight to play, do not pass go, do not watch the trailer, you will be all the better for it. That now said, onto the review.
The film opens with a southern funk guitar riff that you can’t help but get in to, it feels like an old pair of jeans. A voice over from Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) brings us quickly up to speed on his ability to see the dead and the far less cuddly Bodachs which prowl unseen and hungry at our elbows. The tone takes a fast dark turn and we’re off into a fight scene chase sequence in which three things become very clear:
I give it a solid 4 out of 5, there were some minor missteps but nothing big enough to pull you out of the moment or diminish the flick’s overall impact.
SFX & make-up were never going to win any Oscars but they do the job to drive the story forward, no frills.
An original story filled with colour and unexpected depth which holds up on re-watches. In research for this review, I discovered the Odd Thomas books series of the same name by Dean Koontz. Two chapters in, I already know I’m not going to sleep much till I’m finished.
At times the story becomes unclear but you really don’t notice or care because you’re too involved in everything else.
1) Odd knows pretty much everybody in town by name
2) He is a good man, the kind of man you’d want dating your sister
3) Odd is a badass
The crowning gem of the film is Odd’s relationship with girlfriend Stormy Lllewelen who is played by Addison ‘i’m so sweet ill give you cavities’ Timlin. The couple are “destined to be together forever” and have a fortune ticket from a Zoltar type fortune teller machine to prove it. Their dialogue is punchy and sweet and leaves you pining for more during the times that they are apart.
Although a lot of the film is tongue in cheek, you barley notice for the lovable characters it’s populated with. Chief among them the local head of police (Wilem Dafoe) who is not only aware of Odd’s other worldly abilities, but helps to conceal them. Odd strains their relationship with his unfailing knack of calling the chief up at progressively inconvenient personal moments.
Odd himself reeks with sincerity, his ability to get by on the well deserved good will of all those who surround him doesn’t feel at all unnatural. I’d lend him my car no questions asked he’s that nice a guy.