Saturday, July 10, 2010

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief - DVD Review


Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Sean Bean, Jake Abel, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakarades and Joe Pantoliano.
Directed by Chris Columbus.

Hollywood hasn't been kind to the Greek gods, even if the box-office has. Clash of the Titans won the financial battle, but this one did okay enough on its own. Maybe not enough to justify adapting Book 2, but the studio didn't lose money on it.

This movie actually aspires to be the next Harry Potter, as did the book. One special boy, his best male and female friend by his side... They even got the director of the first two Harry Potter movies. Despite the talented cast, the thing never takes off on its own merit. Maybe if they'd gotten the director of one of Harry's later movies.

While I would argue the Harry Potter movies can entertain the whole family, Percy seems to be aimed strictly at the 8-12 age range. He's a teenager who learns he's the son of Poseidon, and he's been accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. So after training at a camp for the offspring of gods, Percy and his two pals go on a journey to get it back. They meet the Minotaur, Medusa, and so on. My 12-year-old liked it, my 16-year-old though it was lame, and I'm more in the 16-year-old's camp.

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