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This is the review for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, directed by Thor Freudenthal and starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz and Steve Zahn. Written by Gabriella Apicella. Based on the illustrated novel of the same name, itself based on a series of online cartoons, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrives in the cinema in live action form. It is always a tricky task taking loveable pencil-drawn characters and turning them into real human beings that emote and articulate in equally entertaining ways, and for fans of the original illustrations, it may prove difficult to reconcile the two. »
- Gabriella Apicella
Jeff Kinney originally wanted to become a cartoonist and had a regular comic strip in his college newspaper.
But then he changed direction and started work on Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It first appeared online in daily instalments before he signed a multi-book deal in 2006.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid hit book stores in 2007 and was followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. They have all topped bestseller lists; there are 33 million copies in print and the books have been translated into 33 languages. In 2009, Kinney was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
The first book has been turned into a 20th Century Fox film, which was released in the UK last month, and an adaptation of the second book is scheduled to come out on March 25, 2011.
- David Bentley
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 27th - Sunday 29th August 2010.
Comedy appeared to be the order of the day for the last weekend of August with big hitters Grown Ups and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World squaring off against each other for the title of UK box office champion. Grown Ups - which stars Saturday Night Live alumni Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider (along with Paul Blart: Mall Cop's Kevin James) - banked £2m to take the top spot, giving Sandler his biggest ever opening in the UK and leaving Edgar Wright's comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim to settle for second place with £1.6m.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to start middle school. He doesn’t know what to expect or more importantly, how he’s going to survive it. Thankfully his mum has bought him a diary journal to write it all down in. Based on the incredibly successful book by Jeff Kinney.
Ignoring the usual suspects of Dreamworks and Disney, trying to find a children’s film for anyone of any age to enjoy is near impossible. While Disney and Co can provide us with the brilliance of Toy Story and Finding Nemo, the studios can only churn out so many each year. Children however, have a minimum of 12 weeks off school every year, and that’s not including weekly sleepovers, birthday parties, or a boring Sunday afternoon. »
The popular kids' book has become an undemanding and not especially impressive Hollywood comedy, says Peter Bradshaw
Based on Jeff Kinney's bestselling illustrated teen fiction series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a moderate kids' comedy, starring Zachary Gordon as Greg, a nerdy kid obsessed with making it out of the "unpopular" ghetto. He is horrified when he sees his fat best friend, whom he had comfortably assumed was an even bigger loser, suddenly blossoming into a brilliant and much-loved class clown. It's an interesting idea, deserving of a more interesting treatment, but this is just dopey and patronising. What is even more dispiriting is to see Steve Zahn, once a force to be reckoned with in independent pictures, playing the bland role of Greg's dad.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Michael reviews Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, a family comedy about the tribulations of school life…
Sadly, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid isn't a modest, Alan Bennett-style slice of ho-hum life, centered around a shy teenager's weekend job at a Wimpy Bar in Lewisham. No, this is a big, brassy, colourful, and American, kids' flick, adapted from the popular series of books by Jeff Kinney.
Zachary Gordon stars as Greg Heffley, a twelve-year-old who is thrown into the chaos of middle school. Being a little short in stature, and late to the puberty train, Greg is overwhelmed by his new surroundings, but comes up with various schemes to shoot to the top of the popularity ladder. Such an ambition, he finds, is a tricky one, as he comes up against a cast of quirky colleagues, and must contend with the unfathomable politics of school life.
The film sparks with visual cheekiness, »
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a movie adaptation of the Jeff Kinney series of books of the same name from director Thor Freudenthal. I’ve never read them or heard anything about them so I had feelings I was about to watch a patronizing and childish movie about a brat and his time at school.
It was a surprise that I actually enjoyed Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it didn’t patronize, it wasn’t too childish and it had a reasonably successful laugh rate with its witty and surprisingly complex story that will keep adults entertained as much the youngsters it’s aimed at, it’s a solid and very good family movie.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows our hero, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), as he begins his first year at middle school, a period he sees as a pointless but necessary rite of passage before he can become the rich, »
- Gary Phillips
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, based on the successful children’s book series of the same name, is an amusing effort, but one which is perhaps fighting a losing battle from the start. While a decent helping of fun, and sure to provide a handful of laughs for the appropriate audience, something seems lost is translation here, and it may be a result of the book’s specific imagination-friendly positives.
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to enter middle school, and beyond the normal host of dread events that are life in public school for a stature-challenged American, Greg also has best friend Rowley to deal with. Rowley is the textbook example of how to get beat up in school, complete with glowing bicycle, and he’s thwarting any chance Greg has of moving up the school’s popularity scale.
Adding to the stresses of his daily life, Greg’s »
- Marc Eastman
This is the competition for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, directed by Thor Freudenthal and starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz and Steve Zahn. Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy motion picture based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 28 million books. Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life….middle school. »
- Dan Higgins
Picture the scene. Hordes of eleven and twelve year-olds are arriving for that terrifying first day at a new secondary school and, like all the others, Greg Heffley is nervous about fitting in.
It doesn't start well. His mother shrieks: "Have a great day, sweetie pie' as she drops him off. Totally embarrassing.
And then Greg's uncool best friend Rowley Jefferson makes it worse by calling out: 'Do you want to come and play?' Middle school kids 'hang out'. They do Not play. More humiliation for poor Greg.
We are at a suburban elementary school in a leafy suburb, which has been transformed into Westmore Middle School for the shoot.
After a long search for the »
- David Bentley
Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy film based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 28 million books. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, in cinemas 25th August, chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life….middle school.
To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It’s a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor – and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he’s »
- Jon Lyus
Middle school. Even if you’re one of the popular kids, it’s guaranteed to be the most awkward period of your life. Diary of a Wimpy Kid lets the viewer tag along for this journey as undertaken by Greg Heffley (played by Zachary Gordon), an incoming sixth grader.
Greg thinks he knows exactly what he needs to do to become one of the cool crowd. But no matter what he does, he fails. Joining the wrestling team results in him getting his ass handed to him by a girl and the safety patrol isn’t exactly the kind of activity the popular kids are clamoring to be sign up for. To make things even worse for Greg, his best friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) succeeds at everything Greg sucks at. Rowley’s broken hand (courtesy of Greg, of course) and lame cartoons bring him a lot of attention and »
- Jessica Guerrasio
Now available on Blu-ray Combo Format with DVD from Fox Home Entertainment is the hit family film Diary of Wimpy Kid.
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Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrives on Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life. middle school. Convinced it's the "dumbest idea ever invented," Heffley considers junior high school »
Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid will hit DVD on August 3rd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and M&C.s giving away three copies! The film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life... middle school. Convinced it's the "dumbest idea ever invented," Heffley considers junior high school a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment of the cafeteria floor and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties that he must overcome to become popular. His diary - or "journal" - chronicles his thoughts, tales of »
- Patrick Luce
The 2009 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced along with the release of the final ballot. Anyone "professionally involved in a creative capacity within the comics field" is eligible to vote. All submissions must be sent to the Harvey Awards before Friday, August 7, 2010. The awards will be presented by Scott Kurtz (Pvp Online) at the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con on August 28.
The Harvey Awards, named in honor of the late cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They are the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards, and are the only awards to have nominees selected and chosen by individuals creatively involved in the comics field.
There are over a hundred nominated names and titles, including Geoff Johns ("Blackest Knight"), Klaus Janson ("Amazing Spider-Man"), and "The Walking Dead" (Image Comics), to choose from twenty-two categories. The categories range from Best Writer to Best New Series to Best Online Comics Work. »
- Kaylee Byram
The list of nominees for this year's Harvey Awards has been announced. The awards - named after the late Harvey Kurtzman - recognise "outstanding work in comics and sequential art", and will be presented during Baltimore Comic-Con on August 28. The nominees in the Best Writer category are Jason Aaron (Scalped), Geoff Johns (Blackest Night), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3: The Last Straw) (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
This is the trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, directed by Thor Freudenthal and starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris, Devon Bostick, Chloe Grace Moretz and Steve Zahn. Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy motion picture based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 28 million books. Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life….middle school. »
- Dan Higgins
Made for a modest $15 million, the film had a quiet opening in mid-March and yet went on to gross almost $64 million domestically. Bowers replaces Thor Freudenthal who helmed the first film but opted not to return for the sequel.
- Garth Franklin
David Bowers ("Astro Boy") is set to direct 20th Century Fox's follow-up "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules." Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris will reprise their roles played in the first sleeper-hit film which saw release on March 19th this year. Nina Jacobson will produce via her Color Force with Brad Simpson. Pic is adapted from the Jeff Kinney young adult novel series by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. Story follows put-upon Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) who now has to deal with the punishments laid down by Roderick, his older brother. Studio is moving quickly on the sequel, hoping to capitalize on the first film's recent success in generating over $64 million domestically from a modest $15 million budget. »
David Bowers to Direct Diary of Wimpy Kid 2 Animation director David Bowers is making his live action debut with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Roderick Rules, the sequel to Fox 2000's sleeper hit Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Thor Freudenthal directed the first movie but opted not to return for the second outing.
The sequel again focuses on put-upon kid Greg Heffley, who this time around must deal with the punishments inflicted by his older brother Roderick.
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