DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL (2017) Score: C
Rated: PG Runtime: 90 minutes
While my fellow film critics from around the country “dice and slice” this new family film based on one of the best-selling book series of all time, I decided to go to the most important source for my latest film review. I interviewed the kids, probably 10, 12 and 14. Their response blew my mind! And then I interviewed the parents who were accompanying them.
What did you think of the movie? “It was great!”
What did you like about it? “It closely followed the book!”
As a Mom, what did you think of the movie?
“You have to take a trip with your family to fully understand that the film was spot on. The scenes involving the fights in the car over the cell phones and the laptops was so accurate and true”
Awarding a “C” score may be generous for this fourth in a series of films based on Jeff Kinney’s books. Specifically, the ninth book in Kinney’s “Wimpy Kid” series. This film has an entirely new cast from the earlier movies. Child actors tend to grow up. The director, David Bowers, was also responsible for the previous two Wimpy Kids releases in 2011 and 2012. He wrote this screenplay with Mr. Kinney. I have high praise for the animated line drawings which are based on Mr. Kinney’s illustrations in his books. I have high criticism for the ongoing bathroom humor. And for the slow pacing that enables the 90 minute movie to seem long. In the end, the plot of this “no cell phones or other electronic devices” family road trip has grown ridiculous and stale.
So why the “C” rating ? Unlike ALIEN: COVENANT, this film has a happy ending.