Clueless as I am, I was not aware that this was sourced from a book. Good thing my partner mentioned to me and we’re both intrigued and looked forward to watching Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief. Funny thing is all of a sudden movies with Greek Mythology became a fad like Clash of Titans (a 2010 remake). My partner was keen to watch this movie since he read the book and wanted to compare if it was true to the book. For me, it’s purely for entertainment. Admittedly, I became fascinated with mythology.
As a viewer with no prior expectations, I did find the movie to be well made and a good storyline. Unfortunately for my partner, there were some details that were not followed based on the book but then again, anything that was sourced from a book was never 100% perfect transition so it was expected. It made it simple for me to have an idea on the connection between Poseidon and Percy’s mother that led him to be a special kid.
I also like the friendship between Percy (Logan Lerman) and Grover Underwood (Brandon Jackson). The loyalty was very appealing and the comic punchlines of Brandon was perfect. I do commend the characters of Mr. Brunner and Chiron (Pierce Brosnan), Medusa (Uma Thurman), Zeus (Sean Bean), Hades (Steve Coogan), Persephone (Rosario Dawson), and Sally Jackson (Catherine Keener). Unfortunately for some, they fell short of their roles. The role of Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) lacks conviction for her role – trying hard to be tough. And the role of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) is just too Irish-looking for me. Other than that, the cast were great.
The special effects were also great – since it’s a fantasy movie, it does require such effects. Let’s face it what’s mythology without a bit of effects here and there. I find amusement in seeing the water effects when Percy tried to control them.
The end scene, I must admit, was a bit too corny for me. I was told that there is another installment for this movie and I was hoping that it would somehow tie-up with the next book or something but it ended really cheesy and kinda boring.
It’s a very good wholesome movie which can cater to a lot of markets. A good combination of action-fantasy-comedy all rolled into one. I do recommend this if you want a happy, good-wins-over-evil type of story. And if you are a mythology fan, you will surely find this truly entertaining.