Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American live-action/animated comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name. The film stars Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick. Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, and Chloë Grace Moretz. It is the first film in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series, and was followed by three sequels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017).
Middle school is not an enjoyable experience for preteen Greg Heffley, but a horrid ordeal of social landmines that he must bear. To do so, he devises schemes to win him the recognition and status he feels he deserves all of which fail miserably. Greg chronicles his misadventures, thoughts and opinions in a diary to prepare for the day that he will no longer have to put up with nonsense.
Why It Rocks
- It stays extremely faifthful to the book while making the characters seem more human than they are portrayed in Greg's journals in the books, with Frank Heffley being a huge example of this.
- Zachary Gordon does a great performance as Greg Heffley. The same goes for Robert Capron as Rowley and Devon Bostick as Rodrick.
- The cartoon aspect from the book series is very well animated.
- The humor, instead of using the typical toliet humor usually seen in these types of films, opts for using character interactions instead for the main source of humor, and it works really well.
- Greg is a really relatable protagonist and is made a little more likeable than he is in the books (Though this doesn't mean he's not a jerk)
- Plenty of funny and heartwarming moments.
- It delivers strong messages about friendship.
- The scene where Rodrick finally gets punished for owning an offensive magazine.
- Very great acting. Especially the scene where Rodrick tells Greg and Rowley the story about the Devil Worshipper Woods.
- "Zoo Wee Mama!"
- Some of the jokes are disgusting or just plain stupid from seeing Fregley showing his freckle to Greg peeing on Rodrick (although Rodrick kinda deserved it).
- Some fans of the book might take them a while to get used to the film being in live-action instead of being animated in the iconic style the images in the books are drawn (there are a few scenes which use animation though).