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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