We saw the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days movie" and my husband and I
absolutely loved it. The Wimpy Kid movies are John Hughes style movies
but focus on Jr. High School instead of High School. Believe me, Jr.
High School was much more difficult to survive than high school.
Jeff Kinney takes his story about a kid (Greg Heffley) trying to grow
up and survive middle school, family dynamics, and relationships. This
film, like the others, takes these experiences and makes them relatable
and hilarious for anyone of any age.
Although it is apparent that the cast is growing up, (since this is the
3rd movie in the very popular series), I found that it really didn't
matter because we relate to the issues and problems Greg is
experiencing and not his physical presence. No one said anything about
the Harry Potter kids getting older and the same holds for the Diary of
a Wimpy Kid. I didn't find myself focused on the kids ages because you
get lost in the laughs, and enjoyment of the film as the gags get
bigger and funnier in this 3rd installment to the popular movie series.
The kids are exactly at the place their supposed to be in real life -
14 years old. For us it added to the "realness" of the story and
I hope they make more of these films and continue on into High School,
as these stories and films are truly honest and bonified entertainment
for the whole family. They don't talk or play down to kids, they don't
moralize, they don't try to get you to "see the light" as other family
films do. If you allow yourself to lay back in the theater seat and let
go of yourself for 94 minutes, you will be transported back to a time
we can all relate to in our lives.
Zachary Gordon is back, in excellent form, as the main character, Greg
Heffley. This is a very complex character from Kinney's books and Zach
Gordon deserves a lot of credit for continuing to carry these movies to
new heights (no pun intended-see the ride on the Revolation which gets
up to 3-4 "G's"). It has actually been a lot of fun for our family,
following him as he matures in character and life. He is blossoming
into a really fine actor with a big future ahead of him. One of the
best things about this new movie is the relationship between his
character and his father played wonderfully by Steve Zahn. We get to
follow a very "real" father/son relationship in this film with all
their ups and downs and emotional discourse. This is a dose of
"reality" for anyone and is definitely a must see for any dad who has
sons or daughters and participated in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts,
Indian Guides, Indian Princess, or other father son/daughter activity.
Brought back a lot of good memories for us.
In this combination of the 3rd and 4th book - DWK: The Last Straw, and
DWK: Dog Days, the film makes for an enjoyable roller-coaster ride in a
comical "Summer" setting. The continued trials and tribulations of the
main character - Greg Heffley, are made even more hilarious and
complicated when Greg 1)fakes a job at a country club to appease his
father, 2) goes on vacation with his best friends family, the
Jeffersons, 3)tries to further a relationship with a girl- Holly Hills,
4)has to put up with constant aggravation from his older brother
Rodrick, and 5) experiences communication and relationship issues with
his dad. With all these intertwined story lines, this movie will have
you in "stitches". The scenes at the country club with his brother
Roderick are just plain hilarious and embarrassing fun! Not much ever
seems to go well for Greg, even when his best intentions are at stake,
which of course, makes for fun movie entertainment. If you like honest,
wholesome, non-animated, non-CG (3D) movies, then this ones a hit! For
you critical people out there - this movie is not intended to be "Gone
with the Wind", just good old fashioned film entertainment for the
whole family, that will sweep you away from the problems of today for a
moment in time. Sisters will relate, brothers will relate, and mom's
and dad's will get "teary eyed" over the in's and out's of Greg's
turbulent and very "real" relationship portrayed with his dad.
If you want to laugh out loud, if you want just great movie
entertainment with a connected and wonderful cast, especially the lead
character, Zach Gordon, then go see this, must see, movie! You won't be