Idania's take on Holes!

And the (first of four) winner of The Kid's Take Over Contest is Idania G. Idania is a 6th grader at the V.H. Lassen school who, under the guidance of Miss Noha Elbaz has crafted what I believe to be a fantastic review for any age, much less 6th grade. For once flmGEEks opinion doesn't matter, and only Idania's does. Read on to find out what her opinion is.

While it may have been a decent way to spend an afternoon, Holes certainly fell short of my expectations. Louis Sachar did an excellent job writing an award winning book, but not such a great job adapting that book into a movie. Though Holes is an average movie, Sachar should stick to writing books. Holes tells the story of a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is sent to Camp Greenlake, a place for Juvenile Delinquents. Stanley's family is cursed. The audience discovers this through the use of flashbacks. The curse started when Stanley's "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather didn't keep his promise to a psychic. The film version of Holes is worth half of what it cost me.

    Holes has some awesome stuff, particularly the characters. Sigourney Weaver does an excellent job as The Warden because she is just like The Warden in the book. I also liked Jon Voight as Mr. Sir because he is as mean as the Mr. Sir in the book is. The movie does have some great actors.

    Holes contains a plethora of characters that have weird nicknames. The boys at Camp Greenlake include Armpit (Byron Cotton) got his nickname because he stinks like a garbage can. Magnet (Miguel Castro III) got his because he's a kleptomaniac. Zero (Khleo Thomas) got his because everyone thinks he is nothing and a nobody. Those are only some of the characters we saw at Camp Greenlake.

    Shia LaBeouf (Stanley) is a newcomer to movies. He regularly appears on the Disney Channel as Louis Stevens on "Even Stevens." He will be appearing in Dumb and Dumberer later this summer, but LaBeouf does a poor job in the movie Holes. Like many of the well-known actors in Holes Weaver was brought to the role when her child saw the script and begged her mother to take the role. A veteran of such films as Ghostbusters, Death and the Maiden, and Copycat Weaver took her child's advice and took a role she was perfect for.

    My recommendation is to read the book. The novel was splendid, the movie wasn't. If I were you, I would wait for the video, the movie gives the book a bad name.

By Idania G.


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