Monday, March 8, 2010

Movie Mention Monday; Percy Jackson & the Olympians:The Lightning Thief

Last week, after surviving a very stressful day of two of my hardest midterms back-to-back (2-3:30, 3:30-5), and naturally they were at opposite ends of campus, me and one of my friends celebrated by going to watch Percy Jackson! This was a bit of a treat for us as were both Classics majors, for those of you who don't know what this is I take classes in latin, greek, ancient history, and my stream is Ancient Art and Archaeology so I take classes in both of those subjects and also: mythology (this is actually my favorite class, and will be my thesis topic when I get there one day). So naturally we were excited to go and act like know-it-all's, however I sat beside a very vocal twelve year old boy who knew every twist and turn, as pointed out to his mother several times, because he read the whole book! Wahoo for YA!

I planned on finishing this book before I went and watched the movie, but I didn't get it finished in time (I've actually been slacking on reading this book, not that its not fantastic so far). I usually like to read the book version of movies if I can before I see the movie counterpart because I like to envision characters based on how I've pictured them while reading the book (does anyone else do this?). This movie was just what I needed after two hard midterms, it was adorable, fun, action packed, and I loved the acting!

Logan Lerman, who played Percy, had me enchanted the whole movie! I actually felt like a bit of a cougar watching him, he had so much charm, even though he definitely doesn't play the 12 year old character displayed in the book, I was SO fine with this. Annabeths character, played by Alexandra Daddario, was different in the movie too as she had brown hair (among other things), but I thought her performance was great and you can already tell of the blossoming something or other between her and Percy to come in the next movies/books. Of course other actors like, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Therman, Melina Kanakaredes, and Dr. Owen Hunt (Greys referrence, aka Kevin Mckidd) can't be ignored and all were great too!

I got about half way through the book and already I noticed that quite a few plot conflicts were different, but this is to be expected with any movie made from a book. I throughly enjoyed this movie, and for anyone interested the mythology aspects were pretty bang on, so thanks Mr. Riordan!


  1. hello Sarah!

    i think this my 1st time visiting your blog, and love it. i'm your newest follower now =p

    i've been wanting to read the lightning thief and i hope you enjoy it as much as the movie.mind you the cute logan lerman! *LOL*

  2. Great review! I thought that the movie was a lot of fun if you didn't go in expecting to see the book played out on screen. Also, I think Logan Lerman was absolutely perfect as Percy!

  3. I love how you write! You feel like a cougar by 2 year difference, that's cute.
    I want to see this, but I haven't read the books yet and that's a must for me.

  4. I totally enjoyed watching this movie as well despite some of its major differences from the book. There are quite a few laughing points there and I think Grover made those scenes alive =)

  5. Hahaha glad midterms are over! I'm glad you liked the movie--I bashed it pretty bad a few weeks back, lol! But yeah, Logan is a cute little piece of man-meat :D

  6. TLT is in my kindle waiting to be read. And I didn't see the movie because I want to read the book first, but I've heard good things about both so I will get there eventually. :)


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