thumb|350px|right|Trailer of the aforemented movie. Well folks, I've achieved a new level of coolness. I'm reviewing movies now. Yep. You might say I'm somewhat of a film critic. Yeah... Awesome. Yes, yes, I know you're really jealous. But not everyone can be as cool as this (points to self). So just deal with it. But if ya can't, just leave the wiki. Yeah, leave it right now..... So ya still here, eh? Fine then. That proves that you can handle my extreme coolness. Perhaps you are worthy to read this piece of art. Okay then. Read ahead... I said read... READ, BOAHY!!! You know what, if you can't follow the rules then you're just a fool, hear me? A dern fool! Get out of here you nitwit! Sorry for my sudden outburst. Please, just... just read.
This film is able middle-schooler Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) and his rough-friendship with Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) during the kids' days in middle school. Among their challenges are sassy brat Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil), disgusting freak Fregley (Grayson Russell), Greg's mean older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), as well as various teenagers that haunt them ever since an unfortunate incident during Halloween. Also, Greg's mom Susan (Rachael Harris), Greg's dad Frank (Steve Zahn), Greg's baby brother Manny (Connor Fielding, Owen Fielding), and short Indian boy Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar) make appearances. The movie's "villian" is actually a moldy piece of rotten cheese (Swiss cheese) that, if touched, starts the "Cheese Touch" frenzy, similar to the one called "Cooties."
Book to Movie
When many books are adapted into movies, certain plots are taken out. Well, this movie is no exception. But not much is taken out, and that stuff that is taken out is is replaced by new material. For example, in the movie, school photographer Angie (Chloe Moretz) is present but she is not in the books. Also, Chirag, Fregley, and Patty do not have large roles in the book, but they have big parts in the movie. Also, the "Mother-Son Dance" is not in the book. Little differences are made, such as who is responsible for Manny's potty-training prolonging, the arrival of the teenagers, what happened to the Cheese, the Safety Patrol incident, and many things. But these changes don't really make much difference. After all, if the movie was exactly the same as the book, it'd be really boring.
The actors actually do quite a good job of bringing the characters from the books to the big screen. There's such energy in these young actors, who are actually the same age as my -- uh-oh, almost released some critical info there. Not just the kids but everyone else as well can be happy and energetic at times, or sad and serious, or anything they put their mind to. Because if you ask me, the actors can really nail their scenes, as seen in when Greg pees on Rodrick, or when Rowley tells Greg off.
Though most of the movie is live-action, there are some parts when the drawings from Greg's journal come to life on the big screen. It's actually kinda cool when you think about it. I'm a fan of cartoons myself, so this helped the movie go along and provided many comic relief. Why, even the first part of the credits contains nothin' but the drawings. The interesting thing about this is that some of the sequences are computer-animated. So one time you see Greg lifting weights in 2-D, then you see Fregley turning his head in 3-D. To some it may be weird, but to me it's a milestone in filming. I certainly hope they use this technique in the upcoming sequels.
In a movie about a wimpy kid and diaries, you wouldn't expect many memorable tunes. In this movie, it doesn't really matter, but it's just there anyway. So that proves nobody listens to me. I mean, I'm smarter than you think. I have lots of great ideas in this fat, juicy, bulgy brain, but no one listens! (sigh) I'm getting off topic here. The point is, the music is OK in certain scenes to give that kind of unique feeling or during the credits as it is supposed to be, but it'd make no difference if it was even there or not.
I liked this movie. Sure, there were disgusting parts, such as with the Cheese or Fregley's "secret freckle" or even Rodrick's heavy-metal magazine. But this is a children's movie. What more can you expect? It also taught the true meaning of friendship and whatnot. So I give it 4 out of 5 stars. But really, the movie was kind of short. I'm used to film adaptations being longer. Maybe I just saw too many Harry Potter movies... Anyways, leave your comments about this review below, or if you too saw the movie, give your opinion.
Greg: First of all, let me get something straight. This is a diary not a journal. Yeah, yeah, I know what it says on the cover, but it's wrong. When my mom went out to buy this thing, I specifically told her not to get anything that says "DIARY" on it. And yet, here we are.
Greg: If you ask me, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. You got kids like me who haven't hit their growth spurt yet mixed in with these gorillas who need to shave twice a day.
Rowley: (plays with stomach) My name is Bell E. Button. What's yours?
Chirag Gupta: STOP! Good God man, you almost got the Cheese Touch.
Fregley: Wanna see my secret freckle? It's got a hair in it!!!
Frank: Thank you... for those words of motivational wisdom.
Angie: This place is an intellectual wasteland.
Rowley: A butt can't be cute. It's a butt.
Rowley: Hey Bryce! Cute butt!
Rodrick: Let go, Baby Hippo!