I make it a point to check the $1 show listings at least on a weekly basis. They update their selections about that often without any type of advance notice of what they're getting. I still haven't figured out the timing either. They will have a movies that have been out since late last year then other times the flicks have been out hardly a month. It was quite the pleasant surprise to find out "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was already there. I hurried and got G to that before it was too late.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" centers around preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) as he prepares to embark on the most challenging adventure of his young life: starting Middle School. He goes in with the intentions that he must find a way to crack the upper echelon of the cool rankings before the end of the school year. Realizing that he'll have to get creative if he hopes to survive until high school, Greg concocts a series of get-cool-quick schemes that mostly go awry. All the while, he records his traumas in his personal journal.
I knew for a fact that G wanted to see the movie after reading the books. I wouldn't necessarily say he was looking forward to it though. He's not quite the movie junkie I am. I was simply interested to see how they would translate the books. Not that I ever read any of them. I just wanted to see what type of imagery they would do for a book whose only illustrations were stick figures. But I seriously did want to see the movie version of what G kept explaining to me as "that's gross" as he read the book. They certainly tried their best to put as much of that in the movie as possible.
They did it creatively from the little things like Greg's brother being potty-trained. I have seen some strange things in the movies, but nothing like their potty placement. It happened early in the movie too. That means it was setting the tone early for more to come. And they kept coming. It had me trying to recollect if I ever that nasty in Middle School. I am POSITIVE I was not.
There were some things that did look eerily familiar. Like the stalls in the restrooms that didn't have doors. I thought our school in the Norwalk was the only one that had restrooms like that. It was the precise reason why I never went #2 at school. I wasn't trying to be doing my business while any and everybody could be watching. Whose idea was it to do that anyway? That's just creepy.
Movies like this one always cause me to reflect on my Middle School years and compare them to the kids of today. I'm so far removed that I can't recollect everything that took place. However, I do very clearly recall that it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Of course I didn't have a burning need to be popular like Greg did. Or even the desire to rank myself in terms of popularity among to class to see where I would fall. Looking back, I would venture to say that out of 130+ kids, I was probably somewhere in the middle. It really didn't matter to me though as long as I had my own clique of friends.
Again I can't fairly say how "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" fared with their effort to turn a well-known book series into a movie. I didn't even know that it was a series of books. Or that they were even well-known. Do you know they've sold 28 million so far? Anyway, G tells me that this flick wasn't really based on one book but a combination of a few of them put together. If that was true, they did a nice job in making it one coherent film.
My rating: A -