by First Mate Keira, guest reviewer
Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Director: Chris Columbus
Length: 119 minutes
Summary: The mythical world is hunting unsuspecting Percy Jackson. He is said to be the Lightning Thief, the one who stole Zeus’ master thunderbolt. Dark angry clouds are gathering across the world as Zeus prepares for war against Poseidon, Percy’s father, who is supposedly the mastermind behind this nefarious scheme. When Percy’s mother is abducted to the underworld, Percy and his friends Annabeth and Grover go on a quest to find her and clear his name.
Why I saw this movie:
I read the entire series of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan with the idea that I would see all the movies. They will be the next Harry Potter and not just because Chris Columbus directed the film.
Everything because I don’t think there was anything that I didn’t like.
I loved Brandon T. Jackson as Grover. He was fantastic. A lot of his lines were comic relief and a bit campy but fun. He delivered with perfect execution and timing. You can’t help but chuckle.
Alexandra Daddario who plays Annabeth was wonderful. It’s nice to see a side of her outside of White Collar, USA Network’s television series. She does an amazing job and brings a lot of life to the character. I think she’s pretty kickass.
They could not have cast a better Percy Jackson than in Logan Lerman. The boy is extremely good looking, hovering right between a more dorky persona and a confident youth. I wouldn’t mind watching him for long hours in a row.
Jake Abel is one hunky Luke. Without giving away too much of the future movies and plots, let’s just say I can’t wait to see him in the next films.
Rosario Dawson was an unexpected delight. She gave life to Persephone, a character I wasn’t all that sure about in the novels. I loved her sassy and sarcastic behavior toward Hades (Steve Coogan).
Craig Titley did an excellent job writing the script. He kept the essence of Rick Riordan’s novel while inserting a little more comedy, fluidity, and interest. Much of the basic world building facts are there. I can’t think of anything that was missed and needed.
I particular liked the handling of Medusa. In the books I thought it was extremely lame. The movie brought it out better and you seriously can’t go wrong with Uma Thurman. She was hysterical and fabulous.
The visual effects were stunning. It’s amazing what almost a decade can do when you compare the first Harry Potter movie to the first of this new franchise. I was not at all disappointed. They’re subtle, loud, beautiful, scary, and perfect rendered. You will be delighted.
I seriously can’t wait for movie two: Sea of Monsters!
Rating: 5 Treasure Chests
Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.