Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
After several live-action adaptations of the popular book series, “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,” Disney rebooted the franchise with a new animated version of the first book last year and this year, we have an adaptation of the second book, “Rodrick- rules”.
This second film sees Greg desperately trying to spend time with his older brother, Rodrick, who is a spiky-haired high school student, he is also lazy and undisciplined and spends far too much time practicing with his rock band, Löded Diper. Greg is like any stereotypical teenager. And while Rodrick loves to tease Greg, he ultimately has a deep affection for his younger brother and helps out when he needs it.
As an older brother myself, I enjoyed seeing this unique love-hate relationship between brothers being explored. How brothers for a minute can be bitter enemies, but also the strongest of allies when needed. This film also sees the legendary Ed Asner voices Greg Heffley’s grandfather, which is a nice touch, especially as there’s a touching moment between them.
If you enjoyed the first movie, you’re going to enjoy the second movie. The animation style is identical to the first, which is also based on the art style from the book series. I personally enjoyed this movie more than the first one for several reasons. The story is simpler but more realistic as most people can relate to the problems of sibling rivalry, plus in the first film it felt like a random selection of stories thrown together, whereas this second film is more cohesive.
Younger viewers will no doubt enjoy the film and I think these animated shorts are a great way to tell these popular stories to a larger audience and in a different medium. This film shows why animated films don’t necessarily always have to be big epic adventures on the big screen. Hopefully this second film continues the success of the franchise and further books get an animated adaptation.
“Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” is another great addition to Disney+ for younger audiences, coming in at just over an hour long, it’s an easy watch for the whole family. It’s not going to blow your mind, but it’s pretty fun and a must for fans of the series.
Rating – 3.5 out of 5.
“Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” comes to Disney+ on Friday, April 2. December 2022.