Monday, November 7, 2011

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Released: February 12, 2010
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Run Time: 120 minutes
Source: Bought (well, my brother bought)
Summary (IMDb):
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.

I admit, it took me a really long time to watch this movie. Only because I had planned to read this book, once upon a time, sometime after I had finished Twilight and I never got around to it. And I don't really like watching the movie before reading the book. But my husband decided it was about time I let that go and just watched the darn movie.

I love Greek Mythology. I mean, I LOVE it. As a child I was often seen reading almost every book on Greek Mythology I could get my hands on. I loved how there was a god or goddess for everything you could think of; beauty, knowledge, war, harvest, the underworld (I liked the idea of an underworld so much more than the idea of Hell)... it was interesting, especially coming from a Roman Catholic upbringing. I loved the stories and the tales. I was obsessed with watching Hercules and Xena, I just found it all fascinating.

Percy Jackson is based on the book (series) by Rick Riordan about a boy named Percy who's the son of Poseidon, and a demigod. After being attacked at a school field trip and being accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, Percy is whisked away by his good friend Grover (who isn't who he thought he was) into a demigod training camp. It is never really explained in the movie why everyone thought Percy stole the lightning bolt but he goes on this epic journey to clear his name along with Grover and Annabeth, the daughter of Athena.

I enjoyed Percy Jackson, I liked every scene where they ran into a new god or goddess. I especially liked the scene with Persephone and Hades, wasn't one I was really expecting. The idea of the Lotus Casino was both intriguing and really really creepy. And I felt for Percy, his home situation with his mom and how troubled he must have felt finding out his dad is a god and not really understanding what that means. The frustration of being raised as a mortal and not with the advantage that the other demigod kids had. The determination that Percy had to clear his name and free his mother was admirable. 

However, I felt that there were a lot of things that were either left out, grazed over or watered down. I can't really pin point what it is, but something about the movie just threw me off. While I did enjoy it, I didn't love it. I didn't feel that sense of a complete story is what I guess I'm trying to say.

I guess that's where reading the book comes in, right? :) I might as well get to it, I'm curious to know what happens next in Percy's adventure!


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