Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
March 13, 2010
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Director: Chris Columbus
Writers: Craig Titley/Joe Stillman
Based on the Novel by: Rick Riordan
Producers: Chris Columbus/Michael Barnathan/Karen Rosenfelt
Starring: Logan Lerman/Pierce Brosnan/Uma Thurman/Steve Coogan/Sean Bean
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 118 minutes
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a star-studded movie based on the books by Rick Riordan. It’s a good family movie but it not the best one out there. Percy Jackson discovers he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends go on a quest to prevent an apocalyptic war between the Greek gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. The story and plot isn’t bad for a family movie but there are plot holes in it and one or two useless scenes which would leave you asking questions and not getting answers. Chris Columbus has done a good job in directing Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and the cinematography was okay. The characters are likeable though sometimes irritating and the acting is very mediocre.
I thought Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario could have been a little better but I thought Brandon T. Jackson gave out a great and funny performance as Grover. The special effects were very good and it was a little clever how they brought the Greek myths and made a modern spin on them. The timing is paced well and the action scenes were well executed and the locations and visuals in the movie were nice to look at.
I didn’t like the movie but I didn’t hate it either. It’s very well done but it’s one of those movies were it’s very balanced, it’s neither good or bad but just okay. People compare Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and there are one or two similarities but it isn’t a rip-off. I also hear that it’s nothing like the books either and that it shouldn’t have been made into a movie. However, I enjoyed it. Not bad but not good. It reminded me a little of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (which is what Chris Columbus directed) as it had that feel to it which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s something the family can enjoy.