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:: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

I don’t full understand all the ‘hate’ from critics over new film ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’. I’ll admit that this is no Oscar winner, hell it’s not even the best family genre film released this year, but it certainly doesn’t deserve the caning its copped from obvious 40-year-olds who don’t like a film unless it has ‘Arthouse’ tagged on to it… have a bit of a rest guys, this is just a kid’s film, and while you don’t fully understand elements like the ‘yucky-cheese’ part of the film I’m pretty sure kids will love it.

Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to start middle school. This terrifies him as his brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick) warns him of the ‘beatings’ that he will cop. And while his mother, Susan (Rachael Harris) and his father, Frank (Steve Zahn) tell him he’s going to be fine, Greg soon finds himself classed as a loser along with his best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron). And while the strange Angie (Chloe Moretz) warns him of the dangers that could befall him Greg soon finds himself alone.

While the humor in ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ doesn’t transcend from kids to adults as well as in some other films it is obvious that director, Thor Freudenthal knows his audience well. Kids will be able to relate to the story at hand and a semi-good script allows for the films ‘moral points’ to get across without being shoved down the kid’s necks. The only weakness in the script is that it possible doesn’t allow for as much characterization as it should have, and also allows a few too many clichés to come through.

Lead actor, Zachary Gordon does a great job playing Greg and while his performance is great you can’t help but feel he has been horribly miscast. Greg is supposed to be a loser, but Zachary Gordon looks like a young model… he doesn’t exactly fit the image… but still his performance is enough to suggest that he has a big future ahead of him. I also feel for Chloe Moretz who was brilliant in ‘Kick-Ass’ but really doesn’t get a chance to show off her skills her… she is wasted in a role that was perfect for a day-player.

Don’t expect any miracles but I’m confident in saying that your kids will love ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’. Don’t expect to laugh much yourself as it doesn’t cater for adults, but at least it will keep the kids quite for a while. Adequate but could have been better.