"Dad, can we go to the cinema?" Yes it was that time of the summer holidays when the children will do anything to get out of the house. I exclaimed "But we have already seen everything that's any good!"
Well, any parent will know that's not an excuse. So off we went to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid, already knowing that this was an ideal opportunity to catch up on some sleep. This film really didn't disappoint, I must have caught up on at least 30 minutes sleep, interrupted only by the odd poke in the side...
Whilst the book may have been a best seller this film was dismal. I think they had forgotten three basic elements: beginning, middle and end. Especially the end bit, which should have come sooner. The sad part for me was I didn't remember the CG elements within the film, the 'story' had dragged it down to such a level that I had lost the will to live.
Looking back at the film, for blogging reasons only, the work carried out by Custom Film Effects was indeed very cool and featured some great little animations. In many ways I wish the film was fully animated in this 2d pencil drawing style. This would have been far more in-keeping with the book and would have made the experience far more worthwhile.
There were actually 200 visual effects and animation shots in this movie. The Custom Film Effects' team of 18 animators and artists worked on "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for six months in the company's Los Angeles studio. Take a look here to read more.