The latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie brings me back to my childhood

Growing up, I was never that kid who enjoyed reading books. Whenever someone would ask me if I preferred the book or the movie, I would always say the movie because it was more entertaining and quicker to watch. So naturally, when it came to deciding what I wanted to review, I chose a movie simply because I don’t enjoy doing things on paper, especially when it comes to reading books. 

Watching the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Disney+ for some reason reminded me of my childhood. The film starts out with two best friends—Greg Heffley and Rowley Jefferson—preparing to go to middle school. Rowley is very friendly and loves to have fun, but likes to follow the rules. Greg on the other hand likes to take risks and only enjoys doing things that are considered “cool.” 

Greg is constantly reminded by his mother to always do the right thing and that you only need one good friend to get through this world, but Greg’s ego tests the strength of his friendship with Rowley and makes him question his morality as a person. Greg injures Rowley on accident, but makes him lie to prevent himself from getting in trouble. 

Before watching the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid, I knew who Greg and Roderick, Greg’s brother, were and was surprised when I only saw Roderick make an appearance once. If I had to change anything about the movie, I would’ve included Roderick in more scenes despite how negative he can sound. He adds to the suspense of going into middle school. Roderick is a physical representation of the fears that Greg goes into middle school with, one of them being the “cheese touch.”

Although this movie wouldn’t be my go-to, I must say that when it comes to deciding which movie to watch, I will always choose the PG over R-rated movies despite the fact that they appeal to younger audiences and are meant for fun and entertainment.”

— Arpita Das

This movie was in many ways childish, but nonetheless, taught me an important lesson: friendship. It taught me that no matter what relationship you share with your friends, at the end of the day, somewhere deep down in your heart, you would do anything for the people you love, even if that means hurting yourself. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was not what I anticipated because when Roderick made his appearance, I immediately thought that Greg would be the same way as his brother and the film would show how he progressively became more arrogant and more of a bully. 

When I was younger, I also believed in the “cheese touch,” but just like Greg and Rowley, I stopped believing in it and started growing up. I think the reason why Greg and Rowley are good friends is that they are complete opposites; Rowley always likes to have fun and doesn’t care about what anyone thinks, but Greg is a daredevil and wants to do things that won’t make him embarrassed. Personally, I am more like Greg, but I also like to have a little bit of fun on the side too. 

Although this movie wouldn’t be my go-to, I must say that when it comes to deciding which movie to watch, I will always choose the PG over R-rated movies, despite the fact that they appeal to younger audiences and are meant for fun and entertainment. If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh but will remind you of your childhood days, this is the movie for you.