So, we saw the movie everyone and it was good!  We were very entertained and enjoyed the film adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novel.

Summary

This film follows Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) as he learns more about his birth father (Poseidon) and tries to save the world as we know it from a war between the gods.

We start off with Poseidon (Kevin McKidd ) coming out of the water in his true form and then shrinking down to human form to meet with his brother Zeus (Sean Bean).  Zeus is not happy and thinks that Poseidon’s son has stolen his lightning bolt.  He gives an ultimatum of his weapon’s return by the summer solstice or there would be a war of the gods!

Percy Jackson played by Logan Lerman from nytimes.com

We then meet Percy a high school student who struggles to learn due to his ADHD and dyslexia.   Unbeknown to Percy his best friend Grover is a satyr and is also his protector.  Percy’s Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner was actually a centaur named Chiron (Pierce Brosnan) and the lead counselor/ trainer for camp-half-blood. What is camp half-blood?  This is a safe place for the children of the gods (demi-gods). In the process of racing for camp Percy’s mother) is taken away by Hades (Steve Coogan) as a bargaining chip to get the lightning bolt. 

At the camp Percy becomes friends with a daughter of Athena (Melina Kanakaredes) named Annabeth (Alexandra Dadario) and a son of Hermes named Luke (Jake Abel).  Percy, Grover and Annabeth go on a quest to find the lightning bolt with gifts and advice from Luke to help them find their way.  On their travels they meet Medusa (Uma Thurman) and Hades’ wife Persephone (Rosario Dawson).  In the end we find out who the real lightning thief is. 

** SPOILER ALERT** 

It was the person that Percy and Annabeth trusted… Luke.  He was so mad at his father and the rest of the Olympians that he wanted to see them fall.  We get some great water action as Percy proves that he is a true son of Poseidon.   Don’t forget to stay during the credits to see what happens to Percy’s step-dad Ugliano!

  
 Thoughts on the movie

Elizabeth

  • Go in not thinking about Harry Potter.  This is Greek Mythology!  All stories have a format so get over it.
  • This movie had one of the previews that I wanted to see but there were some pretty good ones like Cats & Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Marmaduke, Letters to God and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Way to bring Greek Mythology to the forefront. I love it and Nashville, TN get’s a shout out in the film when the characters go to the Parthenon.
  • The movie exceeded my expectations.  I knew going in that it was not going to be the book on the screen.  Even though some of the characters didn’t look how they were described in the book it did not take away from the movie.   Also, I was okay with the age change for the demi-gods it worked in this film.
  • Good Job Chris Columbus!  Some parts were a little questionable but Columbus did alright.
  • Logan Lerman is the next Zac Efron!  Keep an eye on this guy because he has been around and this franchise can be what takes him into an adult actor.
  • All of the well-known actors in this film did not take away from its integrity.
  • The cgi wasn’t half-bad.  I wonder what Clash of the Titans remake will look like?
  • Unlike the trauma I went through when I saw Twilight and it was nothing like the book.  The Lighting Thief was not that far off from the book and you could tell the changes made it a better movie for broad audiences.

I hope they continue to go on with this franchise and create the rest of the books into film because I want to see Clarisse and Tyson!  I give this film 3/5 stars.

 

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About Elizabeth

I am the co-creator of S and E Pop Culture. I currently live and work in East Tennessee. I love to watch, talk and write about all things popculture. Check out the blog sepopculture.wordpress.com and let me know what you think.

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