Over the last couple of weeks several great movies have hit shelves. Two of those movies I've had a chance to watch on Blu-Ray, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Date Night. One is a whimsical fairy tale and the other is a kid's movie.
And that's where the whimsy and fairtale ideals start to seep into an otherwise real life tale. Only this is a modern fairytale, so there are no unicorns, magical creatures, or witches. Instead there are Audi R8 sports cars, helpful men who look like Mark Whalberg, and dirty cops. There's also no prince and princess who meet and fall madly in love and living happily ever after. Instead there's a rekindling of the flame the Foster's had let dwindle. In fact I'd say its a fairy tale for married couples, with the moral, that sometimes to save our relationships we have to try new things, and maybe have an adventure.
The movie features a great supporting cast including, Rachel Harris, Steve Zahn, and the new It girl, Chloe Grace Moretz. But it's Zachary Gordon as the title whimpy kid who steals the movie. He does a great job playing a kid who clearly thinks a bit too much of himself. As the school year goes one he finally realizes his place in his class, and with grace comes to accept it.
As far as live action kid movies go, it's way ahead of the competition, and it's funny enough to keep the adults entertained as well. It's a great one to watch for a family movie night.