Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

6 Apr

Title: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Year: 2010
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: Craig Titley, adapting from the Rick Riordan novel
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Kenner, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman, Ray Winstone
MPAA Rating: PG, action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
Runtime: 118 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%

With only two films left in the Harry Potter franchise we have now seen many new potential franchises trying to take its throne as the king of all kid-friendly fantastic adventures, sometimes based on beloved book series, this is seemingly just another pretender at the Potter throne, it even has Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Potter films, at the helm.

However, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, even though isn’t as good as the worst Potter film is still quite decent, the plot moves along really fast which is good for a film like this to keep us going along with it, it boasts a really star-studded supporting cast that makes it fun to watch and the Greek mythology references are especially cool to see being played out.

Percy Jackson is a demigod, a half god half human who was conceived when Poseidon descended from Mount Olympus and did the dirty with his mortal mother, played by Catherine Keener. I said the film had fun with Greek mythology, and I mean it, Percy thinks best when underwater, and his teacher, played by Pierce Brosnan, is actually a centaur.

Percy then goes to this demigod training camp led by the centaur James Bond with his best friend who’s like his assistant and there he meets Annabeth, a fellow demi-goddess played by Alexandra Daddario. And this whole paragraph was just written to state that Ms. Daddario is ridiculously hot.

The story then goes all-out with the Gods as Zeus says to Poseidon that he thinks Percy stole his lightning bolt, and then we go all out with special effects, and its actually fun to watch, and we know Columbus had fun directing Uma Thurman as Medusa, and Steve Coogan as Hades, and for what it’s worth, they are fun to watch.

But again, this isn’t Harry Potter, those films are genuinely interesting, maybe I say that because I’m an obsessive fan of the books but still, they are really really good films, this one is fun, yes, but the story lacks cohesion and any sort of real depth, I mean, how did Poseidon present himself to Percy’s mom? I want to know more stuff about everything, and I’m considering buying the books to make a fair comparison.

But nevertheless, I think this one is a good first step for a potential franchise which I wouldn’t mind seeing have a go at a sequel, it even has a Citizen Kane reference with that red sled that floats by in the underworld, so yeah, embrace Percy Jackson and his crazy demigod universe.

Grade: C+


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