More often than not, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films have struggled to replicate the same authenticity and emotion of author Jeff Kinney’s books. While the films themselves bare the same titles, characters, and even send-ups to the basic cartoon-style of the books, they feel more like substanceless clones of those stories, with all of the same ingredients, and yet none of the flavor. They lack the tact and patience of the books, which aren’t just about the slapstick misadventures of a middle school kid, but an outsider trying to find a way to fit in somewhere in the world around him.
In 2012, it looked like the Wimpy Kid films had finally reached their end too with the release of Dog Days, an apparent send-off to the story of Greg (then played by Zachary Gordon) and his unconventional family. With each film in the franchise making less money than its predecessor, it seemed fair to say that the Wimpy Kid franchise was, indeed, done for good. Turns out that wasn’t the case at all, and this week the Heffley family returns to cinemas with a new look and lineup, though, none of that seems to have brought about any actual change to the franchise itself.
Source:: IGN -Reviews