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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

The Hefley family are getting ready for a big family road trip to attend the 90th birthday of their grandmother Meemaw.  Susan (Alicia Silverstone) decided to make this a special no-technology trip, so they can spend more time together and bond as a family. However, Greg (Jason Drucker) and his brother Roderick (Charlie Wright) have other plans in mind as the two want to visit the Player Expo video game convention.  Will Greg and Roderick find a way to escape and change detour without ruining everything that their mom planned?

We got a new cast since the previous stars already aged out to play their respective roles. I was quite disappointed at first, but we must accept the changes for this franchise. The film is pretty much the same thing but can't fully commit to the charm that made me liked the first three entries. There are a few moments that I laughed and chuckled, but it was generic throughout. Yes, it will still make some of the kids giggle with some of the slapstick comedic touches but there isn't much to look forward to after this one.

The casting overhaul didn't help much either as the brand-new Hefley family can't seem to inject fresh new air to this franchise. They have some resemblances from the previous cast but Jason Drucker basically needs more energy when delivering his lines. We can say that Charlie Wright is a worthy replacement for Devon Bostick, but it's hard to deny that the film really misses the services of Steve Zahn and Robert Capron who played the cute Rowley Jefferson. From all the new faces, I can easily say that my personal favorite is Alicia Silverstone, who probably gave her all and deliver what the film needed. 

Overall, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will surely miss the original cast members. It may win some of the hearts of the fans but can't guarantee how can this new entry succeed and string a couple of more sequels from Jeff Kinney's library. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 5.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Charlie Wright

Directed by: David Bowers
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 


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