Friday, December 21, 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
20th Century Fox
December 18, 2012
PG; 94 minutes
(with Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, & Devon Bostick)
info on IMDb/Blu-ray & DVD on Amazon/Amazon Instant Video
While it will definitely leave you wishing for some summer sunshine (it starts on the last day of school and takes place over summer vacation), it can still be a fun winter-time watch.
The third film in the Wimpy Kid series, after last years Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules this movie has the same main characters back, Greg and Rodrick and their parents as well as their kid brother, Manny, Greg's friend Rowley, and the girl whose attention he's desperate to get, Holly.
While the previous movie (I have yet to see the first one or read any of the books!) dealt with Greg and Rodrick, their sometimes contentious relationships and their parents trying to bring them close together, Dog Days has a different focus. Looking at all of summer vacation stretching out before him, Greg wants to just stretch out and play video games . . . but that's not exactly the same hope his father has for Greg's summer.
Dog Days looks at Greg (and, less so, Rodrick's) relationship with his father and Frank Heffley's relationship -- and understanding of -- his son. There's a lot of Greg and Rowley's summer fun (which are sometimes more misadventures), as well.
I did enjoy Rodrick Rules more, possibly as the relationship between the two brothers allowed for more humor and general laughs. While absolutely fun, Dog Days seemed to go a bit deeper, with the misunderstanding the father and son had of each other. Though that may not be as apparent to younger viewers.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Dog Days seems to be a great addition to this book to (now) film series and has me more interested in the novels -- especially knowing how they came to be (I can't find the video of the discussion/interview I"m thinking of, sorry).