By Sandra Kraisirideja
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth movie to be adapted from the wildly popular books by Jeff Kinney and while it doesn’t fully engage a more grown-up sensibility, the younger audience it’s intended for will find good humor and fun.
It’s been seven years since the first “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise, which had a consistent cast for three films, and the cast has been completely overhauled, making “The Long Haul” its own distinct movie. I have to admit I did miss the original cast.
Jason Drucker and Charlie Wright are the new Greg and Rodrick but their sibling chemistry isn’t as convincing.
In “The Long Haul” the Heffley family heads out on a summer road trip to attend a birthday celebration for their Meemaw and to reconnect as a family. As with any road trip, things go horribly wrong and the family must pull together to make the most of it and solidify their bond.
The parents are played by Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott and both do a solid job with the ho-hum script. It’s interesting to note here that Scott starred in “That Thing You Do,” which Steve Zahn, who played the dad in the first three Wimpy Kid movies, was in as well.
I would be curious to know more about that coincidence. See, that is how desperate I was to be engaged in this movie–by trying to figure out unusual coincidences in the casting.
During the screening you could hear a lot more laughs from the kids than the adults, which is the intended audience anyway. My son, who is six years old, seemed to enjoy the movie. My daughter, who is four years old, became scared during certain scenes which were not meant to be scary.
It’s possible “The Long Haul” will satisfy a new generation of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fans but it’s the weakest movie in the franchise.