Why the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trilogy is Actually Good (Pt. I )

Why the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trilogy is Actually Good (Pt. I )

Madison Hanson, Writer

Growing up I loved movies and I’m sure a lot of you did too. I remember watching classic Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks movies and those were great. Although as I got older I wanted to distance myself more and more from “stupid kid movies,” and then Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was like the epitome of cool at the time for me and a lot of my friends, although I was really lame, and I loved the books so I was super pumped when the movie came out.

I enjoyed the movie when I was young and as I got older I brushed it off as another movie from my childhood that probably wasn’t as good as I remember. However, I got nostalgic, which led me to rewatch Diary of a Wimpy Kid again and again and again. After doing this I realized it is actually a good movie, I’m sure some of you might disagree but I am very much here to change your mind.

In the first movie, the main focus of the plot is Greg’s relationship with Rowley, centering on how Greg isn’t really a good person or good friend, even though he believes he is. Greg is very egocentric and thinks that anyone should be thanking god for his presence. Yet the only thing Greg really cares about is popularity, he thinks everyone loves him, even with a lot of people not knowing who he is. Him and Rowley get stuck sitting with Fregley, arguably one of least popular people in their school, and hiding under the bleachers during gym.

During Greg’s attempts to get popular, he injures Rowley multiple times, the first time being when Rowley sits on the tin foil ball Manny made Greg, and the second time happened when Greg threw a football at Rowley knocking him off a big wheel and breaking his arm. He also briefly gets Rowley kicked off the safety patrol before he realizes the error of his ways.

In the end, he sacrificed his own reputation so Rowley doesn’t become a social outcast by getting the cheese touch, something that seemed detrimental at the time. He even ate the cheese to try and break the social hierarchy that’s been holding people like him and Rowley back for long, but of course this did fail. At the end of the day though, Greg was able to gain back Rowley’s friendship and trust, as well as slowly start his journey towards maturity.

Overall, this movie shows kids how to take accountability for their mistakes, and teaches them that one bad decision (or a few) is not the end of the world. It also is actually a funny movie and can still be enjoyed by parents without being ridiculously annoying or completely stupid, although I could be a little biased. I still believe it’s funny when you look back and think of all the stupid things you did and middle and elementary school and relate it to what’s in this movie.