Saturday, 14 April 2012

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie)

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Review (Movie)
Rating: 3/5
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Percy Jackson had a massive fan-base from the beginning of its journey to the big screen. Based on the young adult series by Rick Riordan the production had a lot to live up to.

We follow Perseus (Percy) Jackson the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea, on an epic journey to save his mother from the Underworld where she is being held captive by Hades. And, find Zeus's master lightning bolt which he has been accused of stealing to clear his name. But, he is not alone on his quest. He has the help of his two best friends (his only friends who are not trying to kill him) where they help him uncover the mystery behind the ordeal. Annabeth, the demi-god daughter of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and Grover the satyr, are the two companions Percy had chosen. The team of three have to face twists and turns and the wraths of angry gods, but Percy could not have chosen a better team to support him all the way through.

To say that the book and the movie are completely different is just scratching the surface. Each introduces us to a whole different world of magic and adventure that can arise the senses. I would have say, like most scenarios, the book has the better view on the story line than the movie. But, I wouldn't be ready to put it into the junk pile yet.

The movie offers a variety of items that the book does not include. I absolutely loved the sharp snaps of humour that was thrown in, it kept me entertained and laughing until the very end. I especially had to comment on the choice of actors that was cast. They gave a whole new light to the characters and connect in a way that really made the movie click and enjoyable. How the scenes and detailed features really made the movie to life. It was like everything had leaped off the pages of the book and into reality.

Like most novel-to-movie adaptations, a lot of parts were cut and rewritten to fit the 100 minute time constriction. Many of the page turning events were missing and left me somewhat disappointed. I know that it had to be done, but the lack of action was heart crushing. (Metaphorically speaking)

The one thing that really got me confused is the ages of the characters that the actors are suppose to be portraying. Rick Riordan written Percy, Annabeth, and Grover to be about preteen to almost teen age category. The movie had casted the characters at around seventeen-nineteen. Although this does not have a major impact on the story line, I have yet to wonder what will happen to the forthcoming movies.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief gives a new look on Greek mythology that will tantalize everyone's taste buds. The next movie in the series, The Sea of Monsters, will come out in mid 2013 and I'm definitely looking forward to it!

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