PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Theatrical Release USA 2010)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief anticipates the entertainment needs of the younger teen audience. This movie nicely introduces the younger audience to such fanciful creatures as fauns, centaurs, gods, and demigods of ancient Greece. It seems that films that deal with ancient god legends have difficulty pulling their story off well. Because this story did not try to aim for the adult audience, it did a little better than others. Interesting special effects and costuming may interest the younger audience. Watch for the surprising performance of Pierce Brosnan (007 James Bond) as the centaur Chiron, the centaur known for wisdom, justice, and a desire to help and protect young men.

Storyline

Percy Jackson discovers that he is not ordinary.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Chris Columbus for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Thomas M. Hammel, Greg Mooradian, Mark Mooradian, and Guy Oseary for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), Luke (Jake Abel), Zeus (Sean Bean), Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan), Hades (Steve Coogan), Persephone (Rosario Dawson), Athena (Melina Kanakaredes), Sally Jackson (Catherine Keener), Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), Gabe Ugliano (Joe Pantoliano), Medusa (Uma Thurman), Ferryman (Julian Richings), Hysterical Woman (Bonita Friedericy), Aphrodite Girl (Annie Ilonzeh/Luisa d’Oliveira/Elisa King/Tania Saulnier/Marielle Jaffe/Christie Laing/Crystal Tisiga/Marie Avgeropoulos/Marielle Jaffe/Alexis Knapp) Lotus Land Bellhop (Charlie Gallant), and Lotus Land Waitress (Chelan Simmons/Natassia Malthe/Andrea Brooks/Jocelyn Panton).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. This first film in the series presents an interesting concept overall.

Ben Meyers

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