Monday, October 10, 2011

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

It's an adaptation of Rick Riordan book and the films directed by Chris Columbus, whose well known for directing Harry Potter. I've been meaning to watch this since it was released last year and I've finally got round to watching it after purchasing the DVD. I have to admit it's a very good film, full of action and CGI. 

From the beginning of the film, we get an insight in to Percy's life... before he finds out that he is a demi-god, the son of Poseidon. His life is in danger after being accused by Zeus of stealing his lightening bolt. While trying to prove his innocence he is attempting to save his mother whose been taken captive. He learns that his friend, Grover and teacher, Chiron are actually his protectors and have known all along. The shock on his face when he realizes that Grover is a satyr and Chiron a centaur, is highly entertaining. What baffles me is how Chiron manages to disguise his horse behind while in a wheelchair with blanket over his legs? Anneabeth who he original thinks hates her, goes along with Percy and Grover to help him. But it's obvious that both characters having feelings towards each other.

All the villains of the film, Hades, Medusa etc, look very entertaining with all the special effects to increase their 'scare'. I thoroughly enjoyed the young heroes taking on the older villains in order to stop a war amongst the Gods. As Poseidon knows his son innocence but with Zeus' rules he cannot prove it to him. I think how they've shown the difference between the Gods and Demi-Gods by using size is very clever!

I thought that when they were in the casino and the waitresses use cakes shaped like flowers, with drugs hidden in them to keep the group in there and forget about their mission. When Percy, as told by Poseidon, snaps out of it, they realize that they've been in there for 5 days... It was purposely done in order to try and bring on the war. But I thought it captured perfectly the power that places such as these have over people in order to keep them and get them to spend their money. 

Admittedly, I'm not entirely sure how accurate the Greek Mythology is and how the book comes alive from book into film. But I do think the overall standard of the film is high! I also think that Logan Lerman, Percy Jackson shows good acting skills for a young actor. He keeps the story line moving and enjoyable to watch. He's possibly a young actor to keep an eye out for.

It's a definitely enjoyable film for all the family, and the action will entertain all ages!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

When I was younger...

When I was a little girl and people always asked what you wanted to be when you grow up there was always familiar answers like an Astronaut or a Cowboy. I always responded with the answer nurse... That was until I reached double figures of 10 and realized I disliked blood and any painful injuries! 

Then when you reach 16 and 18 these questions occur again because you've done GCSE's or A Level then you realize that your young and have no idea or when you do know, most people end up changing their minds... At this age I wanted to go in to acting or musical theatre.

Then you graduate and people ask the same again. What do you plan to do with the rest of your life... Truth be told I don't actually know! I regret giving up on musical theatre because I love it... But I have photography and a love for animals in my life. If I didn't have that in my life. Truthfully...I'd be completely lost. If someone knows of any jobs that involve all three let me know! But the truth is you don't know have to know what you want to do. Just find something that makes you happy and something that you love.

The saddest part of being young and naive to being all grown up is realizing that it's hard to follow your dreams. I haven't lost the madness and random inspirations you get from being a child... I guess that's a good thing if I want to one day work for my dream company, Pixar. 

When your a child, you spend 5 minutes with someone and their instantly your best friends. But once you grow up and make your true friends for life and you don't live down the road from them or see them everyday, you really miss them. If I win the lottery, that's the first thing I would fix! 

At the age of 16, even at 18,19, I never truly understood the meaning of Carpe Diem. Seize the day. But at 21, I completely understand. If we don't cherish some moments in our life, we can move on and never be effected by them. But there are definitely people and places that will always live with you. They'll even crack you up in the middle of the day when you think of funny ones. Because if we don't appreciate the special moments or people, the world would be a miserable place.

You don't know what you've got until it's gone... This might be true. But! That doesn't mean we don't have the power to change it!
Learn to love, be strong and smile. Live your dreams. And if you start getting hysterics for no reason, just remember it's the best form of medicine.