Sunday, February 14, 2010
Movie review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians - The Lightning Thief
The Bear had been waiting excitedly for this movie to be released. She's read all the books so far, and was busily checking all the details of the film as they came available. "Can you believe so-and-so is playing this-or-that character?" she would demand indignantly or excitedly, as the occasion required. Of course, I had no idea, but agreed to take her to see the movie on opening weekend.
It's a Harry Potter-ish sort of movie, with an attractive young man - Percy Jackson - discovering his magical power, then going to a magical training ground where he meets other attractive, magical people. The twist is that the "magic" comes from Percy and his training-ground friends being descended from Greek gods.
The plot involves Zeus' lightning bolt having been stolen.Zeus believes that Percy, son of Poseidon, stole it in order to give his father supreme power among the gods. Of course, Percy doesn't even know he's related to Poseidon. Zeus declares that unless the bolt is returned by the Solstice, there will be all out war among the gods. Can Percy find the bolt and return it to Olympus before Zeus' minions (or Hades himself) squish him like a bug? The chase is on.
It's a fun movie. The special effects are good, the story is pretty interesting, and it's loaded with familiar faces. Definitely worth a look if you like the fantasy genre.