Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Review


It's surprising how under-utilized the legends of Greek mythology have been in modern Hollywood movie-making, considering their potential in terms of whiz-bang visual effects and action-adventure histrionics. Yeah, there's the upcoming Clash of the Titans, which if its anything like its namesake will be very liberal when it comes to fidelity to the original myths, and then there was Troy a few years back which really wasn't doing Homer (or anyone else) any favors. But beyond that, the big screen has been pretty light on the ancient myths lately. 20th Century Fox, however, is hoping to change that with its new kid's-lit fantasy, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. But is the new film a golden-egg laying goose, or a Pandora's box full of awfulness?


Neither, really, for while the Chris Columbus-directed picture hits most of the story and action beats that will certainly keep the pre-teen fans of the Rick Riordan book series (on which the film is based) happy, that very mechanical nature of Percy Jackson makes it significantly less enjoyable for those of us who are old enough to remember when Clinton was president.


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Mar 2, 2010 2:34PM EST

Well I have to admit that i first watch the movie an than started reading the books and i have to say while reading the first one, one question crossed my mind several times :
Did whoever wrote the script even read the book????
I mean i know that movies based on a book most of the time are not quite like the book itself. I expect it. But this was.....i don´t even know how to describe that *lol*Except for the names and the fact that the lightning was stolen nothing is quite right some of it does never happend in the book.Well if you don´t read the book the film is quite entertaining but if you do i think it will be disappointing.

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May 2, 2010 8:09AM EDT

I first read all the books and was excited to hear about the movie. At first: it is not a real bad movie, you will not have a bad time watching.
Second: But they better could have said on the filmscript: vagelue based on the books! Nothing seems right besides the names and a couple of characters.
But where is an important character like Clarisse? And why introduce Luke but change his whole role in this story?
Still, not a bad movie but huge failure and an big dissapointment in comparison with the books.Missed chance for the producers!

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