Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Movie Review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

This is an early review but check out our podcast this weekend for the full review. The Lightning Thief is based on the popular young adult series by Rick Riordan of the same name. It is directed by Chris Columbus (not to be confused with Christopher Columbus the explorer) and stars young hottie by the name of Logan Lerman, who was the star the short lived WB show, Jack & Bobby. Well, Bobby grew up and he is HOT. Who knew? Who knew? OK, I'll move on.

So where was I? Oh yes, so the story is revolved around Percy Jackson (Lerman) who soon learns that the Greek mythologies and their gods and demigods that he's learned about in school are all real and exist in modern day. And to top it off, he himself is a demigod. Bad gods AKA monsters sent by Hades is after him and he finds safety at Camp Halfblood where he makes a few friends, two of which who join him on his journey seeking the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus. Grover (played by Brandon T. Jackson) is a satyr (half goat/half human) and Annabeth (played by Alexandra Daddario)is the daughter of Athena are his companions. Here they visit different cities to retrieve pearls that would help them escape the underworld.

That last part of the story is actually quite different from the book and even the characters themselves aren't quite portrayed the same. That's not a good or bad thing, but different. If you are a fan of the book(s), you will notice these differences and notice the huge omissions of certain characters. But as a casual movie-goer, it was still a decent/good movie to watch Percy's adventures and how they modernize Greek mythology. Also, I loved the part when they went to Vegas and Ke$ha's song, Tik Tok played in the background. If anyone knows me, they know I'm obsessed with that song (in a bad way). Overall, the movie was enjoyable but nothing I'd tell people to rush out for, wait for it on DVD.

For now, here's the trailer:

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