Reviewed byJudith FessbegglerVote: 9/10/10
HOLES is not your average Disney stuff- it's very, very fun, even foradults who usually cringe at the cutesy, focus-group designed "familyentertainment" that Uncle Walt's studio passes off as live-action.Perhaps the secret of this film's success is in its faithfulness to theoriginal book, which is a little bit darker than your average kidstuff. The action begins when Stanley Yelnats is sent to a boys' prisoncamp, where all the inmates are forced to dig holes under the desertsun as a form of rehibilitation. But as the story progresses, Stanley'stale becomes interwoven with that of a legendary treasure, and thisadventure becomes ten times more fun than any Disney movie about anall-boy prison camp has any right to be. Jon Voight is especially nastyand colorful, and Sigourney Weaver is beautiful, as always.
Reviewed byzetesVote: 9/10/10
Holes, the novel, was forced on me in an education course. I didn't think Iwould like a children's novel; plus, the other couple of books I was forcedto read for the class were really bad. But, to my surprise, I absolutelyloved Holes. It really is one of the most perfectly written novels I've everread. I think it has the rare quality that makes it appeal to pre-teens,teenagers, and adults. Everyone who reads it, I think, will walk away abetter person. While I can't quite say that for the film, I am happy to saythat they got it mostly right. I don't think viewers of the film will walkaway as enriched, but they will certainly be entertained, without the sideeffect of being stupider when they sat down. It is an intelligent story, andit's very well told. I think it moves a tad too quickly. The novel takesmore time in developing the characters. And the flashbacks come in and outso quickly that they don't have too much time to register. The interracialromance in the past feels more cliché and trite than it does in the novel.And the ending, which ties together all the loose threads, seems veryridiculous. It's exactly the same in the novel, but there's a sense of theabsurd that doesn't quite exist in the film. It works a lot better. I alsodon't like the multitude of pop songs. I wish Disney didn't feel it such anecessity to sell soundtracks. The cast is across-the-board excellent, fromthe young kids to the old pros. Jon Voight is especially great. Not quitesure why we need Catwoman and the Fonze, though. 9/10.
Reviewed bygalaescobarVote: 9/10/10
I couldn't keep from commenting after reading the very short "Not bad"commentary. This movie is much better than just not bad. The acting isstellar, even from the children in the cast, who don't play cute oranything else but act just like my son's friends. The movie is smartand expects it's audience to be as well. The double back flash storylines are imaginative and contribute to the story rather than act astime filler. I watched this movie with my kids and then I watched itagain by myself a few days later. If you have kids and are sick todeath of movies that inspire a diabetic coma with their syrupysweetness, then check out "Holes." My 6-year-old enjoyed it as much asmy 11-year-old, and my husband and I enjoyed it as much as the two ofthem. How many movies can you say that about?
"But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse?