Holes (Rated PG)
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, and Dule Hill
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Synopsis: Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley Yelnats (LaBeouf) is sent to Camp Green Lake, a very weird place that’s not green and doesn’t have a lake. Once there, he’s thrown headlong into the adventure of his life when he and his colorful camp mates — Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero — must dig a hole a day to keep the warden at bay. But why? Through it all, Stanley and company must forge fast friendships as they try to unearth the mystery of what’s really going on in the middle of nowhere.
My Thoughts: Digging a hole in the hot desert sun every single day. No thanks. I can feel my body’s laziness cringing at the thought of having to do that. Holes was basically the movie culmination of my childhood. I had the book when I was younger and pretty much loved everything Louis Sachar wrote (Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger!).
The characters were amazing. They were all so different, yet they banded together when it mattered. My favorite in the movie was definitely Squid (Jake M. Smith), he was just too adorable. Mr. Sir (Jon Voight) was hilarious, but Dr. Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson) was definitely this movie’s scene stealer. The acting wasn’t perfect, but really what would you expect when the stars are all under the age of 18. The flashbacks to Kissin’ Kate Barlow (Patricia Arquette) were wonderfully done. It was a nice addition to the story without being an annoyingly obvious exposition.
If you have kids, I would definitely recommend Holes. Even if you don’t, it’s a great childhood throwback movie and who doesn’t like a little bit of sentimentality every once in a while.
3.5 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets = I genuinely enjoyed watching this movie.