Odd Thomas (2013) Review

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Odd Thomas (2013)

Directed by Stephen Sommers

Based on Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Starring:
Anton Yelchin
Willem Dafoe
Addison Timlin
Nico Tortorella

Running time: 93 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

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My Opinion:

Well, I have to use the word: This movie is certainly “odd”. It’s also not exactly “good”. However, I kind of liked it and am going to have some affection for it since I read A LOT of Dean Koontz books. Odd Thomas is one of his better books and certainly one of the best characters he’s created. Which is why I suppose there’s a load of Odd Thomas books now… When did that happen?! I only knew of three. I read the first two and bought the third (which I then lost and still can’t find anywhere – I need to find it so I can continue!). Anyway, the first book IS really good and this movie doesn’t capture how great the characters are but I appreciate that they made the effort. At least it sucks less than most the other truly awful Koontz adaptations.

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I’ll be honest – if you’ve not read Odd Thomas, I don’t recommend this movie. If you’ve read it, I think you’ll at least enjoy seeing Odd Thomas (the character – it’s his actual name) onscreen and I did really like Anton Yelchin as Odd even though he’s not exactly what I’d pictured. I’ve liked Yelchin since the underrated Charlie Bartlett & think he has the right sort of quirkiness to play Odd. Addison Timlin was also good as his girlfriend Stormy Llewellyn and they had a very nice chemistry together, although they came nowhere near capturing the relationship as well as in the book (through no fault of their own – you’re just never going to get as much character development in a movie). The humor in the movie feels a little out of place and just doesn’t work the way it worked so well in the book. And then there’s the strange “supernatural” stuff… Well, it comes across as quite cheesy in the movie and, if you’ve not read the book, I think you might laugh at those bits. To be fair, I think it’s probably very hard to get a Dean Koontz movie “right” onscreen. Well, they’ve managed to make some Stephen King stories into excellent films but I suppose he’s more well known and those movies probably have a bigger budget. Odd Thomas feels like a made-for-TV Stephen King movie, basically. I watch EVERYTHING Stephen King-related and know there’s been some truly dodgy adaptations of his work but I still enjoy watching them. I felt exactly the same way watching Koontz’s Odd Thomas. By the way – I think the girl playing Odd’s girlfriend was truly adorable:

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But I’m not sure how necessary THIS shot was:

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Summary:

First of all, I highly recommend reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz if you at all like supernatural fiction with a bit of horror. He’s Stephen-King-lite. I have a strange relationship with Dean Koontz – his books are an “easy read” and I devour them then totally forget about them but, occasionally, I love one. My favorites are Twilight Eyes & Watchers but Odd Thomas would be close to the top of the list as well, especially as I think it’s one of Koontz’s finest endings for a story as well as one of the best characters he’s created. The movie handles the ending fairly well, which I was worried about them getting right. I think there are some changes from what I remember of the book but nothing that bothered me too much as it was more important to get the characters right and I think the movie did a decent enough job of achieving this. You’ll like it okay if you’ve read the book but you probably won’t if you haven’t (unless you’re not bothered by a low-budget sort of feel). Read the book. THEN watch the movie. Then read a few more Dean Koontz books. Then watch Charlie Bartlett.

My Rating: 6/10

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I did it! I’ve managed to review movies based on books all week! I’ll attempt to do another tomorrow but at this point don’t have anything written yet. I may do Paperhouse – that was an “odd” film as well! Either that or The Spectacular Now… So far I’ve reviewed The Maze Runner & The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I & of course Odd Thomas. ๐Ÿ™‚

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53 thoughts on “Odd Thomas (2013) Review

  1. Nice review. I’ll probably skip the movie but might read the book. Like you, I used to devour them–Dragon Tears and Lightning were two favorites. It’s hard to adapt his stories to the screen for some reason. Have you seen the movie ‘Powder’? Not written by Koontz but same kind supernatural, horror, love–they are fun to read but come off cheesy on the screen. I still like watching them and reading them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Cindy! Yay – a fellow Dean Koontz fan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Those were two of his better books as well – I really liked Lightning. That’s funny you say that about Powder – that DOES feel like a Dean Koontz story! Yeah, I love reading & watching this stuff too even though I know it’s a bit cheesy. I very much recommend reading Odd Thomas – I think you’ll enjoy it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nice review lady! Haven’t read this one, but I do like Yelchin. Maybe someday I will read it then watch it.YAY! You like Charlie Bartlett ๐Ÿ˜€ That movie is awesome.

    • Thanks Zoe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry I’m so behind again – will get to all your other comments soon! And know you reviewed Mockingjay too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you read much Dean Koontz?? I’m sure I asked you that at some point… Yeah, Charlie Bartlett was a pleasant surprise – I managed to catch it in the cinema, which was lucky as I don’t think it exactly got a full release.

      • Anytime! Nope, I haven’t read an awful lot of his stuff, but I am currently on a mission to read more of it! I caught Charlie Bartlett in cinema too, happy I did!

  3. You’re Odd!!!!!!!

    Nice underwear shot. Was that in the book??

    That fortune teller in the last pic gives me the creeps. Thanks.

    #camel

    • Lol. I know how to get you boys to actually visit my blog… #pervs ๐Ÿ˜‰ You read books?! Yay! Stephen King is my favorite author by far but Koontz books are definitely fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve been curious about this one…but sounds like I should read the book first, so I shall! Whenever I finish the zillion other books I need to read… :/ I also need to see Charlie Bartlett. Maybe I’ll make that a film resolution. I do really love Anton Yelchin. Nice review, per usual! ๐Ÿ™‚

    P.S. Quit putting in those pervy pics for the boys!! You’re only encouraging them!!

    #bringbackthehemsworthbutt

    • Hehe. So much to read. And watch. And so little TIME!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ At least these Koontz books really are “easy reads” – I fly through them while others take me months. Definitely read the book instead of going straight to this iffy movie. Lol – I certainly would rather post naked Hems Butt pics but these boys only visit my blog when I have some half naked girl on here. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ How do they even know?! They seriously do have some sort of perv radar!

      • Psh. Who needs those boys? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although you could always reel them in with false advertising–title a post “Eva Green Nudes” and fill it with pretty men instead. It’s downright diabolical. Mwahaha.

  5. Wow! Hahah, thanks for reminding me that I had actually watched this movie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Apparently that says a lot about my experience with it. . . . nah, it was good from what I recall. Definitely, definitely low-budget but it was surprisingly emotionally effecting and a pleasant enough time. I recall some of the effects and stuff being super lame/cheesy and being the most obvious element of a low-budget film, but it should receive passing marks from me if I do ever review it.

    And I’ll just go ahead and add to the pervy commentary here — wowzers. Go-go Gadget panties.

    • Lol! Go-go Gadget panties! Hmm… Yeah, Dean Koontz books are usually as memorable as this film obviously was for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is definitely the type of thing I won’t remember much a year from now but it was enjoyable enough. The two main characters were likeable at least. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I came here from your recent ‘My Blog’s August 2015 Stats’ post. Yep, totally have forgotten this movie. And, apparently, this panty shot. But thanks for that.

        I have a whole new background on my computer now.

  6. Ah, it’s a shame you weren’t so keen on this, I really liked it. I haven’t read any Koontz, but I’ve now got this on my Kindle (based on your recommendation within the comments on my Odd Thomas review). I think Yelchin made it for me, he’s got such charm I just can’t help but be won over. Looking forward to reading the book – I’ve been reading lots of Stephen King lately so I’m sure I’ll like it – and looking forward to seeing more Yelchin, too.

    • Hmm. I don’t think I replied directly to you on your comment on this! I’ll try again – this was my comment (I’m so behind! Lol):

      Ah yes โ€“ I remember you liking this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy the book! As always, the movie just wasnโ€™t as good as the book but I still enjoyed watching it. King is the best, though! Pretty sure Iโ€™ll get his latest book for Xmas plus I think Iโ€™ll finally check out one of the books by his son. Agree on Yelchin โ€“ Iโ€™ve really liked him so far in all Iโ€™ve seen him in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Ah yes – I remember you liking this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy the book! As always, the movie just wasn’t as good as the book but I still enjoyed watching it. King is the best, though! Pretty sure I’ll get his latest book for Xmas plus I think I’ll finally check out one of the books by his son. Agree on Yelchin – I’ve really liked him so far in all I’ve seen him in. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Gotta give this one another shot. I turned it off after the first 15 minutes but I must at least watch as far as that scene with the…ahem…panties.

    I have never read any of the Koontz books but that may be an advantage. I do like the movies from Sommers, though, so we’ll see. Thanks!

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  11. I’ve read all of Dean Koontz’s books and I think Odd is one of my favorite characters created by him despite the series going a bit downhill after the third book. I was surprised to find that I actually wound up liking this movie. I agree that it doesn’t hold a candle to the book, but I thought the cast, particularly Anton did a good job capturing the essence of the characters.

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