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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Monday, 15 February 2010 12:14
The Lightning ThiefWith an unwieldy title like Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, one can only expect magic and mayhem. Harry Potter fans will revel in this adventurous adaptation of another kid-lit series which may not be as brilliant as the Potter movies, but will at least tide us over.

Percy (Logan Lerman) is the son of Poseidon although he doesn’t know it yet. His normal teen existence is upset when Zeus’ magic lightning bolt is stolen and he gets the blame. Zeus declares a war of the god’s if the bolt is not returned. After his mom is kidnapped by a Minotaur Percy kind of figures out that life is going to be a lot different from now on.

Percy and his palsHe is thrust into “Half-Blood Camp” where all of the young demi-gods are training to become warriors, although how sword fighting and archery factor into modern day battle here on earth is a mystery. But Percy takes to this new life like, ahem, a son of Poseidon to water. He gathers the requisite “funny” sidekick and “brainy/pretty” gal pal to help him out. Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) is a satyr trying to earn his horns, and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) is the daughter of Athena with mommy issues.

Together they journey around the United States on a quest to rescue Percy’s mom and return the lightning bolt to Zeus. They battle hydra, Hades and Medusa who is portrayed with gusto by Uma Thurman!

Uma Thurman as MedusaThis movie brought up a lot of questions for me. For instance, why would the gods relocate Mount Olympus to the top of the Empire State Building! Were they tired of Greek food? Did they have too much ambrosia and mead, and crave chicken wings and watered-down beer instead? With all those kids running around, shouldn’t the gods really learn to keep it in their pants – or, well, togas?

Overall this is a fun adventure with lots of imagination.




Director Chris Columbus also directed the first two Harry Potter movies.

The series of books by Rick Riordan has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 134 weeks!