Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2012) Review

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the last part of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. As with any sequel anyone who hasn’t seen the previous two films or read the books will no doubt be puzzled by the unusual components of the film that the fans love. This film is released in a era where 3D films are the norm and there are many CGI spectacles in many films so Dog Days is sort of a breath of fresh air to some extent.

The protagonist in the film is a rather normal, everyday kid (Zachary Gordon) Greg who wants to spend his summer in his bedroom playing endless hours of video games preferably in the company of the girl he has a crush on. His father (Steve Zahn), Frank has other ideas for how his son should spend his summer – doing father and son bonding activites. Greg initally tries to dodge working at his dad’s company by pretending that he already landed a job at the ritzy club where his friend works and his crush also works.

The many difference between this and the last Wimpy Kid film is that this film feels less episodic than the last film. The characters still aren’t fleshed out as they would be in a normal film, they are about as fleshed out as a stick figure.

Fourteen-year-old Zachary Gordon, playing put-upon “Kid” Greg Heffley for the third time, is undergoing the unavoidable growth spurts and vocal octave drops that arrive with puberty. He isn’t convincing that he is still a kid as he hits puberty. At the rate he is going the next film will be “Diary Of A Wimpy Young Adult”.

Despite the fact that this ‘school’s out’ part of the trilogy is being released into cinemas at a time where most children are going back to school it still should bring in the same amount of revenue that the last film did ($53 million). The reason that the films have been so popular is that kids can relate to what Greg goes through in all three films and if they can idientify with the characters then kids will go and see it.

Hollywood, no doubt will grow out of the ‘Wimpy Kid’ series. It’s a real shame because Hollywood needs more films like this that capture how it is to be a kid.


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