Summary: “ Because seriously, who wants to see a movie about a kid who’s stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons?” Good question. I won’t deny that the film ended up doing quite well at the box. A cool $63 million on a $15 million investment isn’t bad. It isn’t bad at all. There’s already a sequel called Rodrick Lives coming as soon as next spring. “ Don’t you have to be funny to make that work?
Excerpt: The Movie The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are a guilty pleasure for my daughters and me, and so I was cautiously optimistic about the big-screen adaptation. The resulting movie does manage to capture the stresses, the humiliation, and the too-cool-for-school attitude of ten-year-old kids, and will surely engage the youngsters. The grownups however, especially those familiar with the four volumes (soon to be five) might have a different take.
Excerpt: Diary of a Wimpy Kid works with perspective. It’s for kids, sure. They will relate to many of the scenarios depicted, and laugh with the childish antics that make up anyone’s younger years. As a look back though, it works even better. Remembering those awkward lunchroom dynamics, how incredibly important seat selection in the classroom was, and dealing with “lack of hygiene” kid are all things we go through as we move deeper into the school system.
Conclusion: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' is a light-hearted and funny tale about middle school. It's a movie that parents can enjoy with or without their kids around. There's enough clever humor to entertain them, while the slapstick humor will keep the kids entertained. The video and audio are solid, but they won't blow you away. There's a decent helping of extras, but it would have helped if they were a little bit more organized. All in all, this disc comes recommended.
Excerpt: It's said that laughter is contagious, and that a child's laughter is magic. What this means to you is that the best way to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid is with a theater full of enthusiastic 5-10 year olds who know what's coming at every turn and revel in every booger and fart as if they were their own.
Excerpt: In keeping with the stick-figure line-drawings and overall comic-book nature of Jeff Kinney’s ultra-popular Diary Of A Wimpy Kid children’s books, the film adaptation is cartoony, both literally and figuratively. It periodically mixes in line-drawing animation, in the style of the books, to illustrate or punctuate the action; that visual sensibility livens things up considerably, and gives the film a loose, playfully arch American Splendor feel.
Excerpt: When everything else is working against Greg Heffley, the hero of this film, you'd expect the audience would still be on his side. Unfortunately, they're not. The constant adversity against Heffley leads nowhere and he never learns from his mistakes, which makes the whole diary narrative a bit monotonous. What lets this film down even more; it isn't funny. The 'pause for applause' moments are met with tumble weeds in the wind.