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Friday, June 10, 2011

[5.75/10] Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)


Brief review:
Based on the popular book of the same name, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is a sequel to last year's successful hit, and it's brought by "Flushed Away" director, David Bowers. The original film was one of 2010's most pleasant cinematic surprises, and, for better or worse, this sequel is pretty similar to its predecessor, except that it lacks the wit and the cleverness, and it's only half as refreshing. However, it maintains the good-natured spirit of the first film, plus, it's more family-oriented, which makes it appealing for adults as well. The engaging cast delivers the goods. Zachary Gordon is at the center of attention yet again, and he 'owns' his delightfully sincere character, Greg. Devon Bostick is way more likeable as the mean older brother than he was in the previous movie, and the super-cute Robert Capron gives an adorable performance as Greg's best buddy, Rowley. Even though David Bowers's direction is crisp and lively, he doesn't shine with great skills behind the camera, the way he shines as a director of animated features, so he'd better stick with CGI animations. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" hardly boasts any technical qualities, other than its vibrant, saturated cinematography and brisk editing.

Overall summary: While not nearly as funny and witty as the original, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is a charming, fairly decent and nicely-acted sequel, that provides passable entertainment for its target audience of youngsters.

6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Since I'm not the target audience, think I will pass on this one.

Nebular said...

Alex, it's actually pretty funny, especially the first one.

Matthew Vanacore said...

Previously, I heard some bad reviews for this. Your review doesn't change my initial vibe for the film. I will pass on it until it hits Cable TV.

Nebular said...

Matty, I bet those reviews were coming from some grumpy oldies. It NOT bad... it's just mediocre. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

My nephews love these movies! It's so infectious when you are watching a movie with people who are letting loose and really enjoying themselves. Rodrick wasn't the best, not as as good as the original, but damn I had a great time watching. I tell you truthfully, you cracked me up with your response to Matty's comment. Grumpy old ladies indeed, how can you not laugh even a little?

Hope you are off having a fabulous time this weekend. I'm off to see Super 8 on Sunday with my sidekick nephews in tow. We are going to have a total kick-ass time. I have to hit the dentist first. Ugh!

Nebular said...

Mel, sweetheart, I love those films. I enjoyed the first one so much, I was extremely glad when I found out there will be a sequel. I like it a lot, though it wasn't as laugh-out-loud as the original.
Ha-ja!:) It's true, right? You have to be a boring adult with no sense of humor not to enjoy these films.

I still have to see "X-Men:First Class", so I'll leave "Super 8" for next week. I'm excited about both films. Ugh, indeed. Dentists are terrifying! Have an awesome weekend as well, dear, and say hi to your nephew.