I wanted to a pick a song from this soundtrack to add here. Evidently there isn’t really a soundtrack so much as a score (who is buying the score from this film?). Well, I’ll bet it was fun to write a piece called “Zoo Wee Mama.”
Anyhow, this song is apparently in the movie (over the end credits). According to Amazon, you can order the MP3 that is somehow affiliated with the soundtrack.
So this is a poppy emo song. It’s got loud guitars and a chanting chorus and it’s pretty darn catchy. It sounds like so many other bands that I’d never have guessed it wasn’t by any of dozen bands that are kinda punk but not really with high-pitched singers who are kind of bratty. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it–in small doses I like emo a lot. I dislike that this had a lot of “Hey Ho” chanting which is just way too easy to make it catchy. But aside from that, I would leave this song on at a party.
The actual Amazon MP3 is a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Mix”. I have no idea what they have changed about it, though as I only listened to the original.
[READ: April 25, 2012] The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary
I have enjoyed every one of the Wimpy Kid books (and now my son is enjoying them too, although he’s still too young to “get” them). But I never bothered checking out this book because it seemed, well, unfunny. Then I saw the book at Five Below for a couple bucks so I grabbed it.
This is a movie tie-in book. But what’s nice about this book as opposed to many other tie-ins is that Jeff Kinney actually wrote it (I think–his name’s on it, after all). There are also new drawings that tie in to what he’s writing about and lots and lots of pictures from the movie.
If you’re a fan of the books, this book won’t do a lot for you. Although there are a few insights into how Kinney got started making his series–including some original drawings. But if you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll learn a lot. Kinney talks about how they chose the actors they hired (which was quiet interesting), where the movie was filmed (Vancouver) and what kind of homework he made the two leads do (they had to write an essay from the point of view of who they were playing to make sure they understood the character). (more…)