MOM ZOO-WEE! Diary of a Wimpy Child Examined – The Gothic Times
Over the weekend I watched the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie and have quite a few things to say about it. The film marks the fifth adaptation of the popular book series and it really falls flat.
It doesn’t help that the release before that, The Long Haul, was a huge failure. There was a whole movement called #NOTMYRODRICK that was trending on social media. When the new cast was revealed, fans were dismayed at some of the casting choices, especially fan favorite character Rodrick. The backlash got to a point where the original actor had to step out and give his blessing to the new one before Twitter crucified him.
This new installment is essentially a reboot and we’re being treated with a very rushed retelling of the first book, which is one of the major issues with the movie. With just under an hour, we’re only entitled to the first half of the book with the ending used as a way to tidy up this mess. Some plot points like the Wizard of Oz game are briefly mentioned and others, like when the boys try out security patrols, are quickly swept away, which is a shame as the latter is one of the main ones. reasons for the separation between Greg and Rowley. friendship.
But what can you really do with source material that has been adapted fairly faithfully before? They could have stuck with the traditional animation and made it look like the drawings in his diary because honestly the animation in that movie wasn’t the best thing to watch, these characters just don’t work in a 3D environment.
Another missed opportunity was the lack of supporting characters in the story. While the focus is on Greg and Rowley’s friendship, the book and original film gave a little time to build the world a bit and introduce us to their classmates. Here they only get a brief mention or just a scene or two, which makes it less interesting, as the charm of the book series was how absurd some of the kids you meet in college can be.
If there’s one thing to take away from watching this movie, it’s that childhood is when you idolize Greg, adulthood realizes Rowley makes more sense.