Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Lightning Thief Is Worth It

by on July 4, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a very long title, but this movie review will show that it all works out in the end. It stars Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, Jake Abel as Luke and a few other noticeable but short roles be Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Melina Kanakaredes, & one of my favorites, Kevin McKidd.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

It was directed by Chris Columbus (Serious!) who has directed other movies such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He has more producer credits behind him than director credits.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief starts out quick, gets right to the story and is a great adventure for all to be had. The movie’s demographic is such that it leans more towards the younger customers, those who have read the book series. (For the record, I didn’t know there was a book series until I started doing some research on the movie.)

Early on in the movie, it’s established that the gods are ticked, Percy has dislexia, at least we are first led to believe, his mom is settling and living with a loser. They take what is percieved as Percy’s Dislexia and ADHD and make them hero characteristics. I thought that was not a bad thing. They don’t make light of it, they just use the conditions constructively.

It only takes 22 minutes to get through the base intro information. It’s not too fast, but fast enough to get the basics out of the background and into our heads. A few things are pieced together fast. Skills are learned by characters rather quickly and somethings are just put in place to help the story move along.

But the monsters and gods are pretty sweet effects are used.

Uma Thurman made a great Medusa. Soft, sensual and alluring voice… to bait victims into looking. Nice, as usual, from Thurman. Rosario Dawson was a most wonderfully pleasant Persephone. I think it’s the best I’ve ever seen her look.

The usual fare of mythological monsters and gods were represented throughout the movie.

As far as a movie that fulfills developing situations, it was a bit empty. Things just happened, like Percy’s learning curve of different skills were non-existent, he just picked them up.

As far as this movie for the kids, it’s a great time and it can be a great evening rental for the whole family.  In other words, as a rental, it’s totally worth it.  The kids will be entertained and parents would probably enjoy the fun story and pace of the film. Great excuse for quality popcorn time for everyone.  (A Hydra gets beheaded (grows them back) and some large monsters do get stabbed, but no excessive gore, but let this be a gauge for a youth age threshold.)

Go for it and have a great time… oh, and don’t just shut the movie off when it’s over. There will be some credits and then an extra scene is tossed out there. It’s most satisfying.

“Cinema Static on Brusimm” thinks that Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief rates a 7 out of 10 as a kid’s movie, and a 6 if adults are looking for something to entertain themselves with.

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