The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Franchise Aug 4, 2012 13:33:45 GMT -5
Post by StevePulaski on Aug 4, 2012 13:33:45 GMT -5
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
Greg frequently adds to his diary in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Anger, agitation, frustration can all describe the emotions I went through during Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The book itself states in it's tagline "A novel in cartoons". Not "A novel that will be allowed to function in bland live action universe." The part where a golden ray of sunlight shined on this movie was seeing the cartoons from the novel come to life on the screen. Though those would disappear faster than you can blink.
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is starting middle school on the wrong foot. He has an overprotective mother, a confused yet harmless father, an older brother, Rodrick, who is bent on humiliating him, and an innocent youth named Manny for a younger sibling. Greg has really only one close friend, childish and loner Rowley (Ropert Capron). He is often poked fun at by his classmates and Greg himself. Not only in the film does he do a bad job of being mature, but does a miserable job at conceiving a character we, you know, can tolerate?
The film tries to be cute and funny with its jokes on "the cheese," which is just as bad in the movie as in the book, the abysmal recurring jokes about a classmate having "a cute butt", and the weird kid no one gets by the name of Fregly, one of the most disturbing and depressing characters I've encountered in quite some time.
It's unbelievably tedious to watch two actors (Gordon and Capron), who seem to be talented young men, try to make the cartoon versions of themselves come to life, when all they're doing is bring the poorest, most excruciating parts of their character's personalities to life. This is a new low in poor kid films. It's a miserable, uninspired mess that acts funnier than it is. It basically picks every possible bone to get a laugh out of the audience.
A sequel will probably be spawned along with another, and eventually they will be a movie to serve as every book's counterpart. They will likely elaborate on the new lows our main character will go to in order to maintain his irredeemably self-absorbed personality.
As much as I can see a child begging his parents to see this film, I wish I could sit down with their parents, and have a long, healthy discussion explaining why films like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Alvin and the Chipmunks are harmful to young children because they provide us with laughs that are immaturely conceived and further children to be led to see films of this nature instead of seeking out ambitious and creative films, such as Secondhand Lions. I can't think of why that film would harm children, but I can think of many ways Diary of a Wimpy Kid can and already has.
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, and Devon Bostick. Directed by: Thor Freudenthal.