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!

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