Movie #34: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The title says it all: Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a well-written movie (based on a series of illustrated books) about enduring the first year of middle school told from the perspective (complete with narrative voiceover) of a smallish, less-than-popular young middle-child boy named Greg. We all know how tough school can be at that age, and how every little tribulation becomes enlarged and exaggerated by our young minds. That’s all wonderfully expressed through the movie magic of this film. As Greg tries to make a place for himself (especially on the Class Favourites page of the year book), scheme after scheme fails and his year takes a nosedive, even as his chubby, uncouth sidekick’s year starts to soar. He’s plagued by his older brother with a penchant for picking on him, a schoolyard nemesis in the form of a spiteful over-achieving girl, and the fixations of the dorkiest, most unpopular, bespectacled kid around. Nevertheless, with the help of a bohemian, anti-establishment young girl (played by Chloe Moretz of Kick-Ass fame), Greg eventually comes to understand what really matters. Even with a bit of edge, and a smart script, this is definitely a kids movie. I’m not sure that many kids would have wanted to see this movie, but they probably would have enjoyed it. (3.5 out of 5)

34 down, 16 to go!

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