PG) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
20th Century Fox.
Running Time: 94 Minutes.
0 stars out of 4.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise has had some success commercially but has been generally unsuccessful with critics and audiences alike. All films have been based on the novels by author/cartoonist Jeff Kinney, and have many things in common with eachother, the main thing in common is that each instalment lowers the bar, for film adaptations of books.The latest instalment "Dog Days" is about Greg Heffley(Zachary Gordon) a young teenager, who has just finished the seventh grade. His best friend is still Rowley Jefferson(Robert Capron), and as summer vacation arrives, Greg plans on playing video games, and making Holly Hills(Peyton List) his girlfriend. The film mainly follows Greg's relationship with his father Frank(Steve Zahn), and his many lies, actions, and adventures during his summer vacation. His mother Suzan(Rachel Harris) and brothers Manny, and Rodrick(Devon Bostick) are all back for this boring, horrible, and extremely unnecessary third instalment to this extremely unnecessary film franchise.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is an example, as to how bad films can be. From the moment this film started,I knew that I was not in for a treat. Everything about this film from the direction, to the acting, to the score, to the screenplay is horrible. There is not one single funny moment, nor one rememberable moment.
Dog Days wins the title for worst film of the summer, and that is saying something, because there have been so many bad films this year, but this filmseperates iteslf from the other films because the other films were not horrible.
The screenplay based on the book by Jeff Kinney, is a razzie contender for worst screenplay, as it has no emotional depth, no humour, and no moments of heart. The performances from the adult cast are embarrassing,and the child actors do there best with this horrible script/direction they are given.
Almost every character is so wooden, and so obnoxious to the situations they are put in, that it is hard to feel any sympathy for them, when we are supposed too.
The only bright spot in this dil, is the animation which resembles that of the best selling novels, and was fun for the 3 minutes that it lasted. I feel like the film makers were aiming for the lowest common denominator when making this film. They added scenes that they thought kids/teenagers would think is funny, but really isn't. The scenes I am talking about is the many scenes that invlove toilet humour.
There is a message in Dog Days that I could not even pick up, because it gets lost with too many things happening at once, and too many charcaters acting naive and silly. Also, when the protagonist lies so much to the fellow characters, and there are close to no reprectutions for his actions, then we know that something is wrong here. By the time the ending arrives, you are left speechless as to what the heck you just saw, and question why you just waisted money on a film like this.
The only moment I thought was fun, was the amusement park montage, which had fun music, and no silly gags, or jokes, but was just a fun montage.