Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Genre: Family
Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Staring:Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn
Released: March 19th, 2010

THE GENERAL IDEA

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It’s a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor – and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he’s getting it all down on paper, via a diary – “it’s NOT a diary, it’s a journal!” Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation – filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs.

THE GOOD

This Zachary Gordon kid IS the movie. Clearly this kid is going to amount to something who at the ripe age of 12 already has a long list of voice acting credits and some live appearances (notably Barney Stinson’s fake son on How I Met Your Mother – Mikey no Likey!) He was perfect for the insightful young man who this story revolves around.

The story paces well, and staggers back and forth from the Diary drawings to real life very well which adds to the charm. It doesn’t play to the stereotypes of schoolyard underdog triumph and delivers a message of Friendship and “survival” instead.

THE BAD

While this is a comedy there were some very clever lines and situations, but for the most part the film offers smiles at best as the unique situations play out with less fanfare than anticipated. Lots of good setup with satisfactory results but no big surprises.

The film does pander to the standard booger and potty jokes which makes it more of an endurance for parents who are dragged to this by their kids. Not much in there for the grownups in the crowd. Not that it has to, but something to amuse the parental chauffeur would have been nice.

OVERALL

A pleasant and light fun kids movie buried in negativity striving for mediocrity. There is no Sandlot moment of victory which kind of sets the bar low for the Wimpy Kids. Painting too real a picture of middle school cruelty took away from the amusement of the film, and gave schoolyard bullies new ideas.

I give a 5 out of 10

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7 thoughts on “Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  1. wow….i think you made steven cry, man. apparently criticizing anything that has a nostalgia factor is wrong (talk about biased).

    Bad Rodney! Now apologize to Steven!

  2. I think you should be doing something else Rodney. Your review of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid is so off, it is hard to believe you watched the movie. You obviously have no idea about the Best Selling Book Series as it is clear you haven’t read the books either.

    Your review is trite, biased, and totlly incorrect. I am an adult and went to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid with friends and our families. There is so much in this movie about Middle School life, and it brings back very relatable memories of that tough time for all of us (maybe not you). The movie was well paced, had plenty of action (which was not 2 hours of sitting through 3D), it was funny and entertaining. So many of the scenes in the were very clever and innovative. The kids were great in this movie and albeit it was a difficult movie to make because it is transformed from the book which has cartoon stick figures for characters. The cast did a great job, especially the main character, Greg Heffley. He was very believable.

    Rodney obviously doesn’t see anything better than Repo Man as he rated this movie, which stands miles above Repo Man, with the same rating. People like you, who are biased and non-objective have no business reviewing films. You are a disgrace to the consumers who are expecting honesty and objectivity, you have neither as is shown in your review.

    I suggest you go out and see the movie for yourselves. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie is a fun, witty, clever, and entertaining jaunt through one kids view of surviving middle school. It is great for adults as well as kids. My whole clan and friends enjoyed this movie very much.

    1. Exhale there cowboy.

      You do realize that a review is just OPINION right? I cannot be wrong about an opinion.

      You enjoyed the movie? Great. But taking shots at my character is just weak. You don’t have to agree with a review.

      That is what I got out of the movie, and that is how I reviewed it. Plenty others agree, and more still don’t. That’s the beauty of film. Its all subjective.

      You don’t have to agree, but if you want to start some playground fight you might want to find some AOL chat room to start pissing down on, because aside from stating that you disagree with my review, everything else you said is just pointless babbling.

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