This Week In Cinema: August 21-27, 2011

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.

Wrap-Up:

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!

Cheers,
Bill

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8 responses to “This Week In Cinema: August 21-27, 2011

  1. Ugh, ‘Defiance’ was supremely disappointing when I saw it a few years ago. There is literally nothing memorable about that movie. I honesty could not tell you a single thing that happens.

  2. That is also a major problem with the film, I’m only a week out from seeing it and I’m already starting to forget major chunks.

  3. I really liked Wimpy Kid, too. It was enjoyable and fun, far more witty than I was expecting. Good stuff.

  4. The wit was surprising, as was how the film managed to make the lead character a complete jerk yet very likable at the same time.

  5. Just watched “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” on HBO 8/31/11 and I thought it was charming, uplifting and by the end of the movie I thought he was great, resourceful positive kid.

  6. He definitely does come around at the end, going from a jerk to quite the likable lad.

  7. The “based on a true story” part of Defiance is what kept me going. I won’t argue with it being “formulaic” though. It’s very typical in that respect. I might only rate it a half star higher. :-\

  8. I was on board with Defiance at first, but the more time that went by the less interested I was. By the time Zwick was cribbing wholesale the silent action effect from Saving Private Ryan I had given up.

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