Caroline Davis

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

In Movies on April 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Summary: Percy Jackson doesn’t consider himself to be particularly extraordinary – he struggles at school because his dyslexia and ADHD make it hard to focus and learn, and his home life isn’t much better because of his rude and boorish stepfather.  His life completely changes when he discovers that he is the son of a Greek god – Poseidon – and that Percy is accused of having stolen Zeus’ lightning bolt.  His life in danger, Percy escapes to Camp Half-Blood, a training ground for demigods, but not before his mother is taken by a raging minotaur.  After learning that Hades is keeping his mother as a prisoner, Percy and his friends Grover and Annabeth – a satyr and a daughter of Athena – take off on a cross-country adventure looking for Persephone’s pearls, which they need in order to safely escape the Underworld.  Can Percy save his mother and prove his innocence?

Highlights: I haven’t read the book (by Rick Riordan) yet, so I didn’t know much about what to expect when I went to see the film, other than connections to Greek mythology.  To be honest, I had pretty low expectations for the movie, so I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was.  I particularly liked how they incorporated ancient mythology into modern America – such as turning the Island of the Lotus Eaters from the Odyssey into the Lotus Casino in Las Vegas.  The main trio reminded me of the Harry Potter crew – a protagonist with a revelation about his parentage and power, a strong female lead and a humorous sidekick – which I didn’t find too derivative, since they had their own story to tell.  My only issues with the film were more to do with Columbus’s direction, not the actors and plot.  All in all, I thought the film was fun and a good way to inspire interest in Greek mythology – and my 12-year-old cousin liked it too!

Extras:

Official Movie Website

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (IMDB)

Interview with Director, Chris Columbus

Other Reviews:

@ Speakeasy

@ MAVENity

@ THIS IS BRIANDOM

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