Today, December 18, 2012, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the latest installment to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, on Blu-ray and DVD.
My entire family is a fan of the book series – me, my husband and our teenager son and daughter. We have every book ever made. Whenever a new book came out I would order it and I’m not exaggerating when I say that my family would fight over who got to read it first (my hubby always won :-)).
I had the opportunity to interview Jeff Kinney, the author of the beloved series, about a year ago. As per Jeff, he actually wrote the books for ADULTS, not children. The books just happened to become popular with people young and old.
As a parent I love that the stories are innocent enough for my kids to read, and as an adult I think the stories and illustrations are hysterical.
We were psyched when we found out the books were being made into movies. We loved the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (my personal favorite of the series). Earlier this year my husband and I went to go see the third and latest installment, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
Unlike the first two movies, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, actually combines some of the storyline from both the 3rd and 4th books in the series – The Last Straw and Dog Days.
If you would like to read more about my interview with Jeff Kinney you can find it here, http://bit.ly/MosoIP (I shortened the link). The interview was mostly about this film.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days finds Greg and his friends gearing up for summer vacation. Greg has plans to spend his days and nights glued to the TV playing his favorite video games. Greg’s father has other plans. He wants Greg to get more involved and be more responsible. He even made arrangements for Greg to work with him at a summer internship program. Greg wants no part of that.
Rowley and his family spend their days lounging by the poolside at a nearby resort club. One day Rowley invites Greg to come along with them. When Greg sees how much fun Rowley is having and how wonderful it is to sit poolside and be given drinks and snacks whenever you want them, he hatches a plan to get him out of working with his father. He tells his father that he works at the resort club.
As luck would have it Greg’s crush, Holly, also goes to the same club. That gives Greg the entire summer to try and win her over. Meanwhile Greg’s not-so-nice brother Rodrick is also crushing on Holly’s older sister. When he finds out what Greg is up to, and learns that Holly’s sister is also at the club all the time, he forces Greg to sneak him into the club too.
There is even an incident in the film that tests the relationship between Greg and his best friend Rowley.
As with any Diary of a Wimpy Kid story, things don’t always go as planned. There are a lot of hysterical incidents throughout the film.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters in the film. Rowley is my favorite. He’s just so sugary-sweet and he makes you want to reach into the screen and pinch his cheeks.
I met Rob Capron a few months ago at the Frakenweenie after party. He is such a wonderful young man. He’s very polite and well spoken.
Sadly I think Dog Days will be the last Diary of a Wimpy Kid film. The boys grew up way too quickly. They are teenagers now. Their voices and appearances are changing. I would love to see another movie or two but I am doubtful that would happen.
Dog Days is just as fun and entertaining and the previous two films. It was nice to see more of the other characters (mom, dad, younger brother, Holly) then just focusing on Greg and Rowley. Of course they are still the stars of the movie, but it’s nice to see the other characters get more screen time too.
There are bonus features on the DVD too. There are deleted scenes, a short clip on how Greg wants to be awarded “Class Clown” at their school and the Gag Reel. Based on the Gag Reel you can tell that the actors had a lot of fun on set.
Below are a deleted scene (top video) and an alternate ending (bottom video). If you are reading this via e-mail you’ll have to visit the site to see the clips.
Look for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on Blu-ray and DVD TODAY where ever movies are sold.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.