Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
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Young Greg Heffley is looking forward to a long summer of just hanging out, but his mother throws a monkey wrench into his plans when she forces the entire family to take a road trip for a relative's birthday celebration. His eyes soon light up after he realizes that the excursion is his ticket to a gaming convention to meet YouTube sensation Mac Digby. Greg's imagination then kicks into overdrive as he sneakily hatches a scheme to attend the expo and gain some much-deserved fame.
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Calling all kids; there are lessons to be learnt in this movie about the real power of social media and how technology has taken us away from spending quality time with our families.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul touches on real world issues. Greg Heffley goes viral on social media and named "nappy hands" after being filmed by onlookers as he screamed "nappy" in a ball pit at a famous 'all you can eat' kids friendly restaurant in their local town.
The family is going on a road trip to go to a family birthday celebration. The trip was labelled as technology free. But let's face the facts, there aren't many of us that could last a whole road trip with our families without the entertainment of social media and constant messaging of friends.
Greg sees this road trip as an opportunity to meet his online gamer hero, Mac Digby, who would be making an appearance at Player Expo, a convention of all online gamers and gaming companies, with many attendees dressing in Cosplay.
With Player Expo only a few inches on the map away from their final destination Greg comes up with a plan to go. But will this just end in another social media viral humiliation moment?
Throughout the movie the family struggles are very much relatable but many are just stupid. More like comedy for comedies sake.
The theme song for the movie, I'm sure the demographic for this movie would be old enough to know, is "Tell You Want I Want" by the Spice Girls.
The best part to me is the re-enactment of the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's film 'Psycho'. Another point of early cinema that only some adults would get, but just a family moment in the movie for the kids.
With kids thinking they know everything and the falling apart of family communications, the moral to much of the story is never give up on each other. Families stick together and can overcome anything if they work together.
3 out of 5 Choc Tops
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