Lacks Disney magic
John Haugh of Glendale is a music researcher.
The new Walt Disney movie “Holes” is based on the award-winning
book by Louis Sachar. The film tells the story of Stanley Yelnats
(Stanley spelled backward) who is plagued by bad luck stemming from
an ancient family curse.
Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is
unfairly sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake for a crime he did
not commit. When he arrives at the camp for troubled boys, he finds
nothing is green and there isn’t a lake in sight; in fact there is
nothing but a seemingly endless desert.
He is forced to join the other boys digging holes, supposedly to
build character. Stanley eventually begins to question the real
motive behind the labor.
The movie isn’t bad, it just seems to lack the magic we have come
to expect from any Disney release. Its strong points are the
performances from the adult actors. Sigourney Weaver shines as the
menacing Warden, and Jon Voight is a riot as her right-hand man, Mr.
Sir. Voight plays the character as Charles Bronson with an Elvis
Weak points are the lack of character development with many of the
boys, and too many flashback scenes. Overall on my movie report card,
it gets a C.
Excels in cast and story
Tyler Nyczaj, 16, attends John Burroughs High School in Burbank.
“Holes” is about a kid named Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) who is
sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake after being accused of
stealing a pair of shoes. At the camp, he is under the supervision of
Mr. Sir (Jon Voight), Dr. Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson), and The
Warden (Sigourney Weaver).
They make the kids dig holes so they will build character. But
what they are really looking for, Stanley soon figures out, is
treasure from the famous Kissin’ Kate Barlow (Patricia Arquette).
The movie was well done. It went from the past, Barlow’s time, to
the present, Stanley’s time.
Sometimes the story would slow down, but then it would build up
Jon Voight was very funny at Mr. Sir. His voice reminded me of the
voice of the Sheriff of Nottingham in the old “Robin Hood” cartoon
movie, which really added to his character. The scenes with the
lizards really were creepy for me. But, I give this funny movie an A
for a great cast and story.
“Holes” is rated PG, some material may not be suitable for