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6/25/2017

Review Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at Chapter Arts.


George has been getting into chapter books for a while now, and last year he began reading a selection of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books written by Jeff Kinney. He was so excited to be able to see one of the stories come to life on the big screen!


ChapterArts has the most amazing screens and we found our (very) comfortable seats in the starry Screen 2. I had no idea what to expect from this movie, the books are quirky and funny, and George reads them at such a rapid pace I can't keep up…


The story follows Greg Heffley and his family as they head out on a road trip to celebrate Meemaw's 90th birthday party. Along the way things go hilariously wrong, and Greg and his family encounter more than they'd bargained for in the shape of car-jacking birds, hideous hot tub nightmares and calamities to rival any bad day you think you may have ever had…


We all really enjoyed this movie, in particular the gross humour and slapstick style of the film. I also loved the combination of illustrations and real-life actors during the opening scenes, as well as later on during the film. Using the original 'stick-man style' drawings from the book to introduce the characters and to illustrate some of Greg's ideas and thoughts throughout.


I liked the family dynamic also, and I could completely relate to the whole concept of the fight over too much/too little technology. The story is focused on the fight between Gregg and his mother, she wants a family road-trip full of bonding and no tech in sight, whereas Gregg wants his phone and he's going to get it! I thought the story was perfectly in tune with the current trends of tech and Youtube, texting and tablets… 

 

 I turned to George at one point and asked him, 'Who do you think is right?' and his answer was right on, he said, 'Both of them.' Because in all fairness, moderation is key with anything and everything in life (except for happiness, love and peace of course, they're things we should encourage in abundance!).


I do feel there was something missing in the film, perhaps more humour would have hiked up my interest, as well as a bit more depth between Gregg and his family members. However the story is important, it's funny and cringe-worthy at times, something any parent or child can relate to! There was a lot of laughter during the film and I will say this, most people going to see this will leave wanting a piglet all of their very own!


As Molly pointed out, it reminded her of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. So if you're a fan of that movie, you'll appreciate Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is on at Chapter Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd at 11am and 3pm, so get on down and see it whilst you can!




Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.






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