MOVIE REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Make your children read the books instead
This was the biggest movie last weekend at the box office, pulling in almost $25 million. It doesn’t surprise me: Jeff Kinney, the creator of the comic strip, turned it into best-selling novels that have sold over 42 million books. !
The only person that should be seeing it is 11-year-olds. Anybody younger is too young for the PG film; anyone older will think this is all sophomoric and uninteresting.
I have to admit, I did get a bit nostalgic during a few scenes. The opening starts at a roller skating rink, and I thought about the one that went out of business in Kearny Mesa last year. The guy who owned it was a pro skater that had appeared in many movies and TV shows. When I was growing up in Mira Mesa, we loved going to Aquarius on Miramar Road (it became a fitness place). There was nothing like seeing all the girls in your 8th grade class, and trying to work up the nerve to ask one to skate during the “couples only” slow song.
In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, when the wimpy kid spies the cute new girl at the school, it’s not Dream Weaver playing, but Magic by the group Pilot (a much better roller rink song).
The only actor I recognized in this was Steve Zahn as the father. I usually enjoy when he plays a buffoon or stoner in films (if you haven’t seen Out of Sight, I highly recommend it). In this movie, Zahn is basically phoning it in. Other than the time he gets angry when the wimpy kid poorly waxes his car (on purpose, so he is never asked to do it again), he merely walked around the whole time with the same expression on his face.
The older brother/drummer Rodrick will probably do well as an actor. He’s a better looking version of Zac Efron. Perhaps if the movie would’ve done more of the animated segments they went to. I loved the wacky animated/video game type of graphics in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World last year. Whether or not graphics work in a scene all depends on how well it’s written.
The music in the movie also seemed a bit odd. It reminded me of the musical score in Sideways and in this, it was one of many things that just made me think this film would’ve been better suited to be a Nickelodeon TV show.
Often times with kids movie, I give a scale where I grade it based on the enjoyment kids will get from it, as well as adults. I just don’t see anyone other than 11-year-olds enjoying this. And for those that want to see a kid that isn’t wimpy – I recommend the documentary Strongman (review).
Diary gets an F.