Holes (Widescreen Edition)
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The award-winning bestseller comes to life in this phenomenally fun, adventure-filled movie starring Emmy Award-winner Shia LaBeouf (Outstanding Performer In A Children's Series, Disney Channel's EVEN STEVENS, 2000). 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 campmates -- 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. Filled with humor and heartwarming messages of friendship and teamwork, HOLES is a treasure everyone will dig.
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I miss the book's theme of humiliation, which haunted big fat Stanley and finally caused Zero to snap. I miss the tense life-or-death desperation of their escape, and the grit that scrapes Stanley's hands as he digs for water at the top of God's Thumb. I miss when X-Ray looks upon Zero digging for Stanley and says, "It just isn't right for a white boy to make a black boy do his work." It was those little intense things that made everything else matter. It makes otherwise-benevolent Mr. Pendanski's belittlement of Zero matter. It makes Stanley and Zero not heading back to camp matter. It makes Stanley's redemption of his family line a trial that matters. It makes Sam being executed for being a black man kissing a white woman matter.
The book was a masterpiece. The movie is less than that. But the story always did have a pretty entertaining plot so the movie is still pretty fun.
The characters, especially the kids, aren't as fleshed out as in the book. That doesn't really make much of a difference. The personalities of the kids don't really add much to the story with the exception of Stanley and Zero.
The movie is very faithful to the book and leaves out very little and what is in the movie is very close to what's in the book. So if you are a fan of the book you should enjoy this movie.
Only negative for me is the usual liberal slant in a mainstream Hollywood production.
Recommended for just about anybody who enjoys movies that are a bit different than the norm.