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Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

SYNOPSIS

Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy motion picture based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 28 million books.  DIARY OF A WIMPY KID chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life….middle school.

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.

 

PLOT/STORYLINE

When I first saw the books at the bookstore, they caught my attention. Even though they were kiddy-ish, but they looked interesting with an interesting concept. It looks like a kid’s diary with cute cartoonish scribbling. If I was a kind, I would definitely buy. Then I heard they’re making a movie out of it. Not something I was looking forward to, unlike Harry Potter… it’s a kid’s movie.

It took me a while at a very random time out of pure boredom to actually take the time to sit down and watch the movie. It’s actually a very basic kid’s movie about friendship and surviving middle school. For kid’s movie, these are a very common story. But hey, it actually turned out a-okay! The movie wasn’t those typical kid’s movie that’s meant for kids only. Adults who enjoy this kind of movie will definitely get some kick out of it. Even I did and I’ve outgrown kiddy movies.

The main focus, like I said, was about friendship and surviving middle school. None on love interest because that’s way too common. You get to see all the things that a middle school kids experience – nasty kids and bullies at school, the rumor (in this movie it’s a deadly cheese touch, same kind of beliefs that kissing girls will give you cooties), and the typical types of groups – nerds, jocks, popular kids and so on. What I really like is that the story really shows a very good friendship story apart from surviving middle school.

Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

THE CAST & CHARACTERS

I would say all the characters were very well chosen and totally likable. Everyone played their part well. What I like the most are the characters in the movie. Now I haven’t read the book so I can’t compare anything to the book but based on the movie on its own, the characters are very fun and interesting and funny. One thing I can’t stand is obnoxious kids.. the movie doesn’t really have that. Sure, Greg is a little whiny, but the rest of the characters make up for it.

The mom and dad are hilarious! I loved Steve Zahn from That Thing You Do! movie. He’s hilarious. The two main characters, Greg and Rowley showed great chemistry. Rowley is that other kid that you usually have as a friend who’s around you like a magnet but you don’t want him to be…. get what I mean? The friend that really brings down your ‘cool’ factor. But this is the kind of friend that is loyal to you and totally adores you or in extreme case, worship the ground you walk on. Always wanna be just like you.

I can’t help but go GAGA at Greg’s brother, Rodrick! OMG he’s so totally cute as the mean brother who bullies his little brother. I think guys who is in a band and wears eyeliner are totally cute/hot. I think for girls, he’s the main attraction in this movie 😉

Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

VISUAL FX/CINEMATOGRAPHY

I so love the little animated cartoon drawing that you see throughout the movie. They’re smooth, flawless and very well done! If you read or have seen/taken a peak inside the book, you’d see little cartoon drawings that is supposedly drawn by Greg. In this movie, you see them being animated and sort of like you could see them switching from the real Greg and cartoon Greg when he’s explaining or expressing his thoughts (as if he’s writing in his diary). The movie tries to bring you inside Greg’s head and his little drawings.

Very cool.

SOUND FX/SOUNDTRACK

The music in this movie is composed by Theodore Shapiro so the soundtrack features his instrumental music. Listening to the samples they’re very good music, something catchy enough for me to enjoy. It doesn’t, however, include the the song ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ that Greg sings at his play audition in the movie.

Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

CONCLUSION

Surprisingly I really enjoyed and liked this movie. It’s not the typical kid’s movie that’s only meant for kids. The story is nothing major but the way they tell the story is very interesting… interesting enough to keep me sit through it to the end and would wanna watch it again. The cast are great and the characters in the movie are really funny and quirky. Plus the cartoon animation in the movie are cute enough to catch my intention! Oh no forgetting the cute Rodrick (Greg’s brother) 😉

The movie is not for everyone, though. I doubt those who love action movie would enjoy this. It’s meant to be a very light-hearted kids movie. Nothing major. May not be grown adults’ cup of tea but somehow I really did enjoy this. It’s a good movie to watch together with your kids too to show the value and meaning of true friendship.

 

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

IMDB Rating:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) on IMDb
LDG’s Rating: 4 / 5
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Chloë Grace Moretz
Year: 2010
Language: English
Country: USA
MPAA: Rated PG for some rude humor and language

 

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