Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)
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as Greg Heffley
as Rodrick Heffley
as Susan Heffley
as Rowley Jefferson
as Frank Heffley
as Chirag Gupta
as Patty Farrell
as Holly Hillis
as Holly Hillis
as Holly's Dad
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The Diary of a Wimpy Kid saga continues with this predictably mediocre installment...
Even though this new movie is under another director, it feels very much like the first film. The characters are great, being both relateable and extreme.
Apparently seventh grade doesn't pack as much potential for amusing, scarred-for-life trauma as sixth grade.
The pre-teen cast seems rudderless, without an interested hand guiding them into worthwhile comedic performances.
I'm not asking for Citizen Kane here, but just a wisp of expansion to the characters, an actual narrative that the film can walk down, or just some sort of ambition to the whole project would not have gone amiss.
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So so so much better than the first one. I for some reason am one of the few who didnt get the first movie. But the second time around I really enjoyed the back and forth of the brothers, the bumbling parents and even rowley!
A nice sequel that is quite funny and amusing almost in the same level of the adorable first movie, with its own share of good moments even though it did not make me laugh as hard as that one.
It lacks some of the wittiness and style of the first feature, but 'Rodrick Rules' is a more adult affair, more sophisticated, more substance, and just as entertaining.
Focusing this time on the relationship between main kid Greg Heffley, played wonderfully like the first, by Zachary Gordon, and his older brother Rodrick, played exceptionally by Devon Bostick, the two brothers begin to bond despite their differences.
And straight out of the starting gate the film takes the path of a more adult, and a certainly more impressive motion picture. For adults and older kids. However, for younger children, the main focus of the audience, it dawdles and loses much of the slapstick and gag centred comedy of the first.
The cast however do not let down, with excellent performances from Zachary Gordon and especially Devon Bostick, who really shines throughout the ninety minutes. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris, as the parents again, make short but as usual great addition to the film.
The story is interesting enough, with many different parts and sketches throughout. But it still keeps a certain more linear style of sophistication with its choice of storytelling and narrative this time round.
But that sophistication does bear the risk of alienating its original half term style audience. It probably does, in certain sections, but overall, maintains a good balance between the more classier comedy and the slapstick and gags of the first, creating a fun, and definitely all round piece of family film.
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