I never had a diary as a kid, I was a boy, I had a journal!
Only two movies again this week, but one of them is a keeper.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010, Thor Freudenthal, United States Of America) ***1/2
I was not expecting to like Diary Of A Wimpy Kid as much as I did, but what do you know, I pretty much loved it. It gets all the little things about being a boy right, the playing around, the way things change as you get older, the friends you make, and the friends you lose. The movie isn’t awkward, neither is Thor Freudenthal’s rather stylish mixing in of the diary drawings, but the characters are awkward in a great way. Things get a tad too preachy near the end, but it stays funny and honest throughout.
Defiance (2008, Edward Zwick, United States Of America) **
It hits all the right beats, but it does so in such a formulaic fashion that its all too easy to see those beats coming. Defiance also has what I would call the typical Edward Zwick epic feel, but unlike Glory or The Last Samurai, I found all of Mr. Zwick’s machinations much harder to stomach this time around. That’s not to say there aren’t any good aspects, the cinematography and the battle scenes immediately spring to mind. Those moments can’t overcome how forced the rest of the picture is, Defiance isn’t a World War II film worth the time to seek out.
The reviews say all that need be said, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid easily takes home movie of the week honors. Until next week, watch more movies!