Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: The Movie

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When I read the "Percy Jackson" series, I was skeptical. Soon, however, I was captivated by the story. I devoured each book, eager to know what adventure Percy would encounter next.

When I read the "Percy Jackson" series, I was skeptical. Soon, however, I was captivated by the story. I devoured each book, eager to know what adventure Percy would encounter next. One day, we found a Netflix video in the mail. Unbeknownst to my mom and me, my dad had ordered the movie. Again, I was skeptical, and this time, I had every right to be.

 

"The Lightning Thief" only loosely follows the book. While it may be better to see the movie without reading the series I found it disappointing that the sole purpose of "The Lightning Thief" is to astound audiences with special effects. The plot that was put into this movie is cheesy and empty, unlike the book, and the acting is horrible.  The main character in "The Lightning Thief," Percy Jackson, is eleven in the book. The actor playing him is at least eighteen. The way that they portrayed him was snotty, disrespectful, and, quite frankly, not someone that I can relate to. The actress playing Annabeth was also much older than the character she portrayed, and she was shown to be downright mean at times. Grover was made to be too confident, and Chiron was not the kind, respect-commanding centaur that he was in the book. Very few, if any, of the actors fit their role. Indeed, the only one who played their character well, was Rosario Dawson as Persephone, who isn't even a main character! There is not enough detail in this movie. They do not get in to any of the character's pasts, or how their pasts shaped who they are in this movie. Also, the Greek gods are made to be cruel in a strange way. The gods were not forbidden physical contact with their mortal offspring in the books. They simply had a lot of responsibility.

 

The only thing that I could see to be somewhat interesting was the use of special effects. These were, admittedly, a worthy tribute to modern technology. However, unless "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is looked at from a shock-and-awe standpoint, this movie was a waste of time, and I would not recommend it.