As for the movies ... she loves those, too, so I of course was going to take her to see the latest entry, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days as soon as it hit the theaters. It's based on the third and fourth books in the series, The Last Straw and Dog Days. It was ... O.K. I found the hero, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), more than a little obnoxious. I think it's less the fault of the story or his character than the plodding direction by David Bowers. It's a little surprising that the pace seemed snail-like, as Bowers started out in animated films and has worked on and directed quite a few good ones — Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, Balto (as storyboard artist) and Flushed Away as director. This is his second live-action film. he directed the second Wimpy Kid movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.
|Greg and his dad join the Wilderness Explorers and bond over their complete lack of camping skills|
Although the movie was clearly geared towards the kid's and not my demographic, it did pull it together enough at the end to include a nice father-son bonding experience when Greg and his dad go on a camping/scouting trip together. Is this the best kid movie we've seen this summer? Far from it. Ice Age, Madagascar, and Brave were more entertaining (at least for me). But will kids love seeing Greg grow up a bit more and get into crazy situations? Absolutely. Will they love this movie? Yep. My daughter can't wait for the next (seventh) Wimpy Kid book, which is due out in November.