REVIEW: Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Director:
Chris Columbus
Cast:
Logan Lerman
Brandon T. Jackson
Alexandra Daddario
Jake Abel
Sean Bean
Rated: PG

We have another Harry Potter copy cat here.

This picture follows the title character who’s played by Logan Lerman. At the start, Percy seems to jut be an average kid who’s living day to day life. However, this soon changes when he’s thrust into a world of gods and monsters.

While this partially happens because of his heritage as Poseidon’s son, it also is caused because he’s wrongly accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt.

The pacing in this film was just way too fast, especially regarding the world building. Things that should take more time to develop or rushed over a matter of minutes. This applies to both introducing audiences to a new fantasy setting as well as developing the characters.

Because of that, it’s not a surprise that the characters featured are quite dull. Percy, for example, is a generic fish out of water type protagonist offering no real personality to the screen. Because of the quick pacing, Percy also goes from just a regular kid to fairly skilled warrior way too quickly.

What’s worse, though, is Percy’s proverbial sidekick, Grover. The character is completely useless, with his only traits being to whine, complain and run away. His friendship with Percy seems very forced, too, in comparison to Ron and Harry’s from the Potter series for example.

The only character who offered much excitement was Hades, who was played by Steve Coogan. What worked about this was Coogan bringing a lot of life and charisma to the screen and having a lot of fun with the role. The character’s screentime was limited, though.

The special effects were a bit hit and miss. Zeus’ lightning bolt, for example, looked great, but some of the creatures were rather fake.

Maybe the books were better, but the film versions of “Percy Jackson” have very little charm or wit. Overall, it’s a 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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