Friday, February 12, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief Movie

Percy Jackson and the Olympians the Lightning Thief
The Movie

Directed by Chris Columbus
Some of the cast:
Percy Jackson: Logan Lerman
Grover: Brandon T. Jackson
Annabeth: Alexandra Daddario
Luke: Jake Abel
Zeus: Sean Bean
Chiron: Pierce Brosnan

I am a huge fan of the of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and couldn't believe how excited I was for this movie. Was the excitment worth it? Very much so. Did the movie stick very close to the book? No. I would give it about a 50% for sticking to the book.

Couple main things that are different:
1) Percy's age. In the book, Percy is 12 years old. In the movie he is in high school.
2)How Percy, Annabeth, and Grover get across the country.
3)Character descriptions. Besides the age difference, Annabeth does not have blonde hair, and the most obvious difference is that Grover is black.
I personally loved the people they picked to play the characters. Logan as Percy was the perfect pick along with Brandon as Grover. They really seemed to understand their characters and had fun with them.

While I was a little upset about a few of the things left out, I couldn't deny that they were not necessary for the movie. The movie probably wouldn't have worked as well if they had tried to keep everything in it. Chris Columbus seemed to be going for the main feel of the book without keeping it at the same age level. This is a movie that is both enjoyable for a younger audience just as much as it is enjoyable for an older audience.

I recommend that before seeing the movie, read the book. Everything will make more sense. Plus, the book is amazing and everyone should read it anyways.

here is the official trailer for the movie.

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