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

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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