Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Movie

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The Lightning Thief movie wasn’t quite what I expected. I saw the movie last weekend, so it had been years since I had read the book. At the time, I didn't remember all that much from the book, but the entire time I was watching the movie, something felt off. The obvious changes, like age and such, I could put out of my mind, but I felt like little, important things, were missing. After re-reading the book last week, I realized just how much was changed. I won't get all into it because I already made a post/discussion about books being turned into movies and included this, but there was a lot lost in translation. I think that if you’ve read the book, there’s a chance you’re not going to love the movie, but if you’ve never read the book, there's a good chance you'll enjoy it.

The Lightning Thief is a fun-filled, action-packed family film that both children and adults will enjoy. Children will love it for the action and adventure, while adults will enjoy the witty lines and jokes. Logan Lerman is excellent as Percy, but it’s Brandon T. Jackson that steals the show as Grover, a satyr who is sent to protect Percy. Rosario Dawson was fabulous as Persephone and Uma Thurman was killer as Medusa. And for those of you looking for some eye candy, Kevin McKidd definitely fits the bill as Poseidon. I will say that the gods (Poseidon included) had very little screen time because most of it was devoted to Percy, Annabeth, and Grover running around the US in search of some…you’ll have to see to find out.

Either way, I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot more Percy Jackson fans now.

15 comments:

misskallie2000 said...

I agree with you. When you read the book first you can spot or feel the omissions or changes in the movie version. You get this feeling that when did that happen? where was I when this happened? but most films I have seen stick fairly close to the book. Some like to make it more dramatic in the movie to get more paying customers but they only have so much time to get the entire book into 2 hrs and keep the story moving. I will be checking on this book as it does sound great. Thanks for the review.

Melissa said...

I just barely saw this film, and I enjoyed it, but I couldn't go in expecting the book. I'm a huge fan of the books, and I knew it wouldn't be anything like it. While I didn't like the choice for Annabeth, I thought Percy was excellent, and I hope they give the gods more screen time in the next film. I think, when seeing book to film adaptations, you have to go in with no expectations at all, or you'll leave unhappy.

Another Daydreamer said...

I wrote about this very thing on my blog last week. I haven't had the chance to read the book yet, but my 12 year old daughter has. She went on and on after we saw the movie about the things they changed, what they left out, etc. I couldn't believe it. And the things she said they changed sounded sooo awesome compared to the movie. It's a real shame.

Here's my post if you are interested.

KC said...

Oooooh... I was going to wait to read the book before seeing the movie, but I'm going to see the movie first now! Thanks!!

Leslie said...

I saw the movie about a week ago. I enjoyed it, but I haven't read the books. After seeing it, I was more interested in reading them. I can see where it would be much better as a book. Hopefully some of the things that bothered me in the movie were changed from the book.

pepsivanilla said...

I totally agree, Grover was so funny! I haven't read the books and I liked the movie. My boyfriend and my brother said they liked it, but they couldn't stop talking about how they were possibly going to make a sequel because they took such and such out.

Bethie said...

Its so hard to see a movie once you have read the book. The movie very rarely meets expectations.

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Dahlia said...

I heard on Shelfari that they changed juts about everything, from the purpose of the camp to the villain. However, I still plan to see it, and will probably enjoy it because it looks awesome. I've seen a lot of book based movies that were way different from the books, and I liked just about every one of them. You just have ot realize that the book and the movie are two very different things, even if they're supposed to be telling the same story.

Rosie said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this movie. Haven't read the book though.

MannaB said...

i can't wait to watch the movie! (I have not read the book)

Rheanna said...

I'm goign to see the movie tomorrow and I'll remember to out the book a liitle out of my mind so I won't nit-pick the details. Thanks for the heads up!

Melissa said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have been curious about these books. I may be reading one soon. :)

jacabur1 said...

I have not read any of the books and saw the movie the 2nd week it was out and it was for me just okay. I had no expectations when went so they were neither exceeded, met or not met in any way by the movies adaptation. I too liked the young man they picked for Percy, he was very likeable and also believable as the son of Poseidon. I will probably not waste time on any sequels but time will tell.

Thanks also for the comment points and good post/discussion. I personally think books are always better than the movies adaptation but then again I love to use my own imagination when reading the characters and scenarios.
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Alexa said...

I just read the whole series and I went to see the movie today and I was kind of disappointed. I know you can't fit every little detail into an hour and a half movie, but there were a few things that i thought needed to be there that they get rid of which made me mad(no ares and they never introduced Kronos, and they got ride of the quest part!) I thought it was good though for the parts they did include.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It really is difficult to see a movie once you've already read the book version and it's good to know I'm not alone with how I feel about Percy Jackson.

As for those who want to see the movie and haven't read the books, I really suggest you just see the movie first, so you're not let down.

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