Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This animated adaptation based on Jeff Kinney’s popular book is just as charming as the previous movies, but isn’t perfect. Kids will like this shorter animation film, with humour and thematic elements.


Greg Heffley, an ambitious kid dreaming of becoming rich and famous, transitions into surviving middle school with his best friend Rowley.

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Movie details

Director: Swinton Scott
Cast: Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress, Erica Cerra, Chris Diamantopoulos, Hunter Dillon, Cyrus Arnold, Christian Convery
Writer: Jeff Kinney
Release Date (Australia): 3 December 2021
Runtime: 58 minutes
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains themes of crude humour and bullying.

Violence (G)

The film contains animated scenes of slapstick violence that are infrequently accompanied by injury references.

mpaa rating

PG (for rude material and some thematic elements)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This animated version manages to provide a refreshment for kids with some of the familiar Wimpy-Kid threads, but the main style of charm is almost missing. This is a Diary of a Wimpy Kid adaptation we weren’t expecting or anticipating, but received anyway and it ended up working finely.

If anyone was expecting a new instalment to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, who would’ve thought it’d be CGI animated? Many fans clearly won’t approve, but the animation techniques are fascinating and follow the similar artwork Jeff Kinney presents in his books. Brady Noon and Ethan William Childress both do great with giving the memorable friends, Greg and Rowley, a fun voice.

What’s also quite unpredicted is how they basically reminded child fans about the plot of the first Wimpy Kid film, but cropped it and were able to fit it into 58 minutes. Again, fans aren’t going to appreciate the lack of an extra 30 minutes, but it’s a totally cool idea that was worth giving a crack. The characters are just as charming as the live-action previous films and it’s exactly alike the previous films: a light one-time watch.

Despite the decent renewal of the story, the 2021 animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid truly and noticeably lacks a lot of things the previous books and movies did. Honestly, from all the school kids to the friendship, there’s been a lot of changes, most that the fans will hate. Disney probably should’ve left the ideas alone; it could’ve been executed in the original fashion.

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