Odd by Name, Entertaining by Nature
Odd by name, odd by nature is how Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) might describe himself as he can see dead people. In fact dead people seem to seek him out when there is unfinished business in the real world which Odd takes it upon himself to deal with. Fortunately odd has a ridonculously hot and understanding girlfriend in Stormy Llewellyn (Addison Timlin) whilst Chief of Police, Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe), knows of Odd's odd ability and covers for him whenever he seems to be around when a bad guy gets caught. But Odd also sees Bodachs, predators invisible to the human eye who come from nowhere when some major blood spilling is going to happen. It is why when Odd sees that the town is swamped in Bodachs he finds himself scared for the first time as he tries to get to the bottom of what is going on.
Let me tell you how "Odd Thomas" starts. We watch as Odd sees the spirit of Penny waiting for him, it turns out she was murdered by a guy called Harlo and she leads Odd to him. At this point Odd confronts Harlo and not only do we get a chase scene but a fight scene all of which is heavily filled with comedy. And it is a wonderful start with Anton Yelchin brilliantly playing the part of Odd whilst we also meet his seriously hot girlfriend Stormy and learn that they have been destined to be together ever since they used a fortune telling machine as children.
Unfortunately after this wonderfully entertaining opening which also features Willem Dafoe, "Odd Thomas" then goes down hill, not majorly down hill but the real story starts and quite frankly it is not as much fun as the opening. The real story is Odd dealing with the Bodachs and why they have swarmed on the town which involves a quirky character they give the nickname of Fungus. But with the exception of a twist ending this story seems to go nowhere, dragging things out much longer than needed and nowhere near as entertaining as the opening.
But whilst "Odd Thomas" never lives up to its opening it is still entertaining and so much of that comes down to Anton Yelchin who was a bit of an unconventional leading man. In this he is handsome, comes across as a nice guy but there is still something that little bit quirky about him which makes him perfect to play someone called Odd. But he also works brilliantly With Addison Timlin whose confident performance as Stormy is one of the movie's highlights.
What this all boils down to is that the introductory scene to "Odd Thomas" is the best part of the movie and sadly the main storyline just doesn't work so well. Despite that both Anton Yelchin and Addison Timlin deliver entertaining performances which keep you watching and it is worth it due to a twist ending.