We recently read (and reviewed) HOLES by Louis Sachar and set off to watch the film. Unfortunately, I failed in recording the movie to the DVR. Lucky for me, Walden Pond Press/Walden Media has some of the nicest people! A friend at Walden found out The 9 Year Old and I were reading the book, and she sent over the DVD!
We loved HOLES!! We are already on our third viewing!
First, the casting was perfection! For anyone who watches the movie adaptation of any book, you know this is the key to making or breaking the film. Shia LaBouf, Sigorney Weaver, Patricia Arquette and Jon Voight anchor this cast, which also includes rock solid actors like Henry Winkler, Tim Blake Nelson, Siobhan Fallon, and Eartha Kitt. But I think it's the boys that made this movie work - Armpit, ZigZag, Twitch, Magnet, X-Ray and especially Zero were played brilliantly. Not to mention, Mr. Louis Sachar makes an appearance in the movie as well as Mr. Collingwood!
One of the things that can also make or break a movie is the soundtrack. At times, I wanted to rewind the movie, just to listen to the song again! One of the songs in the soundtrack is performed in part by the boys in the cast. It's a great song, you can check out part of the video (with clips of them in the recording studio) of the D-Tent boys singing Dig It.
I just have to laugh. We have recently seen trailers, television shows or movies with Jon Voight, and every time The 9 Year Old sees him, he says, "It's Mr. Sir!" Mr. Voight, for all of your memorable and brilliant roles, in our house, you will, from this point forward, be known as Mr. Sir.
Read the book. See the movie. In that order. You will not be disappointed! (Might even make a great gift set for the Middle Grader in your life!!)
About the Movie: Directed By: Andrew Davis Original Release Date: 9/23/03 Written By: Louis Sachar Studio: Walt Disney and Walden Media Approximate Run Time: 117 minutes MPAA: PG. Violence, mild language, and some thematic elements