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.
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A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.
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The Synopsis for Holes (2003) 720p
"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?
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The Reviews for Holes (2003) 720p
Reviewed byzetesVote: 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.
And I'm serious! Truly one of the most fantastic films I have ever hadthe pleasure of watching. What's so wonderful is that very rarely doesa good book turn into a movie that is not only good, but if possiblebetter than the novel it was based on. Perhaps in the case of Lord ofthe Rings and Trainspotting, but it is a rare occurrence indeed. But Ithink that the fact that Louis Sachar was involved from the beginninghelped masses, so that the film sticks close to the story but takes iteven further. This film has many elements that make it what it is:
1. A unique, original story with a good mix of fun and humour, but amature edge. 2. Brilliant actors. Adults and kids alike, these actorsknow how to bring the story to life and deliver their lines withenthusiasm and style without going overboard, as sometimes happen withkids movies. 3. Breathtaking scenery. And it doesn't matter if it'sreal or CGI, the setting in itself is a masterpiece. I especially lovethe image of the holes from a birds eye view. 4. A talented directorwho breathes life into the book and turns it into technicolour genius.The transitions in time work well and capture the steady climax fromthe book, leading up to the twists throughout the film. 5. LouisSachar! The guy who had me reading a book nonstop from start to finishso that I couldn't put it down. He makes sure that the script sticks tothe book, with new bits added in to make it even better. 6. Andspeaking of the script! The one-liners in this are smart, funny andunpatronising. But there are also parts to make you smile, make youcry, and tug at your heartstrings to make you love this story all themore. 7. Beautiful soundtrack. There's not a song in this film that Ihaven't fallen for, and that's something considering I'm supposed to bea punk-rocker. The songs link to the story well and add extra jazz tothe overall style of the film. If you're going to buy the film, Irecommend you buy the soundtrack too, especially for "If Only", whichcentres around the story and contains the chorus from the book.
I do not work for the people who made Holes, by the way, I'm just afan, plugging my favourite film and giving it the review it deserves.If you haven't seen it, do it. Now. This very instant. Go!