Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
“It’s the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson’s Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they’re not happy: Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy’s mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy’s mother, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.” – 20th Century Fox
So how does it stack up over all? There are elements that I like in this film and several parts that get in the way of truly losing yourself in the two hour screen time of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Firstly let me say for the record that I am really into movies and video games that utilize the Greek and or Roman mythology. I find the fantasy world based on these ancient myths intriguing and generally enthralling. So even though this movie is aimed at the ‘tween’ market I had reasonable hopes for it.
With the integration of such wonderful mythological characters such as the gods Zeus, Hades, and Athena. Then there are the monsters, Hydra, Medusa and more. The action in general is solid and it is fun to watch these Percy and his teenage friends battle these puzzles and villains in order to solve the mystery of who has stolen Zeus’ Lightning and save the world from a world ending battle of the gods.
However, the downside to this concept is the need to find relatively fresh young actors to tackle these roles. Unfortunately in this case they come across as inexperienced as they kind of ham their way through the dialogue. Not that the dialogue is all that well written, but then, you don’t really expect deeply dramatic dialogue in a ‘tween’ focused movie. It’s not Shakespeare, is it? I found it rather interesting on the storyline side of things when it seemed as though there were many parts of the story missing and yet it was still a two hour movie. There could have been more time spent on the front end developing the Character of Percy as a teenager struggling to understand why he is so different to his peers. Then there were moments when the scenes and locations jumped and it felt as though you are missing the step in the journey that joins them together.
But I will point out that over all the movie was actually reasonably enjoyable to watch and the fantasy element of the film came through strongly.
Reviewed by: Jon E Clist
Releases: 11th February 2010
Rating: M Fantasy Violence
Duration: 120 minutes
Starring: Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson, Kevin McKidd, Steve Coogan and Logan Lerman
Director: Chris Columbus