Today’s review is of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which many refer to as just Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. It’s a 2010 fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus (of Home Alone and Harry Potter fame), who in my eyes was the perfect choice to bring this story to life on the big screen. The film is based on the book, The Lightning Thief, which is the first story in the five book Percy Jackson series by author Rick Riordan. It stars Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, in his first leading role that has since sent him on the journey to becoming a young superstar. I am particularly excited for his next film because it is based on a novel that I would like to read, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (In all honesty Emma Watson is my actual motivation for being excited) The film is rounded out by a variety of cast members, both newcomers and veterans, which include Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario (HOT), Jake Abel, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan.
I have always been someone who was fascinated and interested in Greek Mythology, which is a major reason I really enjoy this story. It follows the adventures of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson, as he discovers that not only is he is a demigod (half god, half human), but he also happens to be the son of the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends embark on a journey to prevent a war between the Greek gods Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades that is fraught with battles and tests their abilities to stay alive.
This film series may have gone unnoticed by moviegoers since it may look like it’s a kid’s movie, but in actuality it really is fun for everyone. If you are a fan of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, etc this is something you should check out as they were clearly used for inspiration. The mix between the modern-day world and the world of the Gods is what makes this series special and intriguing in my eyes. It adds that extra bit of originality that allows this to feel fresh and lets you enjoy those feelings of growing up in a mythical sort of way.
I highly suggest you check this film out if you are into the fantasy genre, especially if you dig franchises. Also, if you are into Greek Mythology, this is a must view. (Kim also adds that the books are a must read. Links to her reviews are here: one, two, three, four, five) While this may not have had as much success as some of its counterparts in the genre, Fox saw enough in this original story and its leading man to warrant it a sequel, which not all epic book series have the luxury of getting. (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is to be scheduled for release on March 27, 2013) It’s a sleeper hit in my opinion, and I think you should check it out.
4 out of 5 StarsPercy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) Fox 2000 Pictures PG, 118 Minutes