Sunday, August 5, 2012


Directed By: David Bowers Written By: Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah Based on the Book & Characters by: Jeff Kinney Cinematography By: Jack N. Green Editor: Troy Takaki Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Peyton List, Fran Kranz, Robert Capron Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. While this film still shares the cuteness of the original. It is a little less magical. It strangely feels smaller scaled. Most of the characters are back except Chloe Mortez. Who went onto bigger and better films. It doesn’t matter as out young hero has a new crush object. Where in the last film focused on fitting in and the power of friendship. This film focuses on the importance of family, siblings in particular. The gags here are more sloppy then well orchestrated. The humor more goofy then funny. The film seems more like it’s trying to be an audience pleaser for the sake of losing it’s originality that it displayed and displays in the books. It’s a fine film to watch with the family. As the film can’t help but leave you with a smile on your face. It’s cute but not overbearing. If you liked the original you should enjoy this one. There is nothing offensive in the film. It shows the pains of being a middle child. My only problem with the film mainly is that all of the adults seem to be pretty much stupid. T are also the main comic relief, when they should be used to help the adults in the audience someone to identify with. It’s not a deep film. It’s just a fun time at the movies GRADE: B-

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