Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Reviewed by: Mary Ann Quidem

Director: Chris Columbus

Studio:  Fox 2000 Pictures

MPAA: PG

Website: http://www.percyjacksonthemovie.com
Review Rating:  7

What if Greek Gods existed in the 21st century and lived among us?  That’s exactly what this movie presents.  It takes place in modern day New York and follows young Percy Jackson’s (Logan Lerman) journey as he finds out that he is indeed a son of Posidon and what it means to be a demigod.   After finding out his heritage, he ends up at Camp Half-Blood where he meets Chiron (Pierce Bronson) – trainer of all heroes.  Once he arrives, he finds out that he is being blamed for Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt – the accusation vested because of the tense relationship of power between Zeus and Posidon.  In an attempt to prove himself to his father and clear both his name and Posidon’s, Percy goes on a quest to find the real lightning thief and bring back the lightning bolt to Zeus.  To help him on his quest, he is joined by Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario), who is a daughter of Athena, and Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), a satyr who is Percy’s protector.

For those who don’t know, the movie is based off of book 1 by the same name in the book series Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan.  Though the main plot follows closely to what is outlined in the book, one of the main problems that is bought up in book 1 that actually becomes a main problem in the final book is never addressed in the film.  This makes me wonder how they are going to have to tweak the future films’ storylines to fix this.  The effects of this movie are pretty stunning at some points, which is understandable since Columbus did direct the first three Harry Potter films.   All three principle actors – Lerman, Daddario, and Jackson – give a great performance.  The action sequences are very well done.  All the supporting actors and actresses radiate experience on the screen, which the younger stars don’t quite have.  This best seen in Uma Thurman’s performance as Medusa.  Also, the film itself allows people to be reintroduced to Greek mythology as Percy is being introduced and monsters are being explained, which makes it a fun learning experience as well.

The Evolution Factor: Medium.  The story is well done but not as fast paced as one would hope for.

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