It’s a film too good to be believable. The incredibly beautiful plot is full of serendipity. This film is a wonderful journey of adventure with many layers of mystery. The cinematography is superb. Editing is perfect and performances are excellent.
John Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Shia Labeouf and other kids have performed remarkably well in this film. Beautiful Patricia Arquette learned riding horses especially for shooting of this film–she has done amazing in role of kissing kate barlow. Louis Sachar’s screenplay which is based on his own novel, is, one of the best screenplays ever written in my opinion.
A kid is sent to a juvenile facility for a crime he didn’t commit. The kid is from a family which has a curse on it. The great grandfather of the kid incurred this curse on his family a long time ago. The family members seem to meet ill fate in whatever they do. The kid arrives at this facility which has a strange custom that all the kids there have to dig holes all day long in scorching heat as rehabilitation exercise. There are yellow spotted lizards, rattlesnakes and scorpions all around the holes. As they keep digging holes flashbacks of what had happened to the Lake Green Camp which had ample of water and a small township once in the past is shown. Also flash backs of the Stanley Yelnats’ great grandfather’s life are shown to tell audience about the origins of curse. These flashbacks have been filmed with extreme beauty and they are almost surreal. They have a magical quality about them!
This film is a beautiful fantasy. The flashbacks never get boring and everything makes sense in the end. It’s a film with very positive serendipitous climax. It keeps you thrilled and engaged all through its course because of elements of mystery, fantasy, adventure and humor in it. Though it looks a lot like a film for children–people from all walks of life and all age-groups can enjoy it. This film is a complete family entertainment package without any cheap dark comedy, obscenity, slash, gore or extreme violence, and it’s still fun and humor all along. Watching this film has been a good experience for me.