03 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie

I took my 9-year-old to see this movie last month. He’s a huge Wimpy Kid fan (name a 9-year-old who isn’t, eh?) and was excited to go see it. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had read the books with him so I knew the story was cute, but changing it into a movie seemed a bit… odd.

The story itself is about a kid, Greg, who starts middle school and his mom gives him a diary (journal) to write about his experiences in. To say that Greg isn’t the most popular kid in school is an understatement. And then there’s this slice of cheese thing… oh, you just have to read the book/see the movie/whatever.

The actors all do a decent job, with the exception of Rodderick. I found his acting to be over-the-top, unbelievable and annoying. The plot follows the first book pretty well (meaning it doesn’t resemble my middle school at all, but hey, this is fiction). My son did proclaim the book to be better than the movie.

Overall, a must-see for your Wimpy Kid fan. Entertaining and stays true to the book.

Description:
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. “One day when I’m famous,” writes Greg, “I’ll have better things to do than answer peoples’ stupid questions all day.” So was born the Wimpy Kid’s diary.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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