Percy Jackson Holds up with Books Fans Added: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
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The vision of the 1st Percy Jackson book by Christopher Columbus looks like missing out a little on the subtleties of the books. A piece of the magic described in the Percy Jackson book series is of some ancient Greek mythology, like parables, monsters and gods – in the frames of a modern Western society.
The gods are the same as in the early times – promiscuously creating children with mortals. For unknown reasons, at the end of the movie Zeus has ruled that the gods shouldn’t visit demigod offspring. Logan Lerman performs Percy, a young dyslexic boy, who is only able to feel all right in the water. The reason is that he is a demigod – one of the sons of Poseidon (performed by Kevin McKidd), he’s just unaware of this yet. Poseidon had to leave his mother pregnant because of the law. Unsurprisingly, the entrance on Mount Olympus is located atop the Empire State Building, and that’s where Zeus' lightning bolt was stolen. For some reason Zeus (acted by Sean Bean) thinks Percy took it. Nobody knows why does he thinks so – probably just for bringing Percy into the picture.
Soon Percy discovers who he really is and finds himself in Camp Half Blood – the place where the children of the gods are training to become warriors. The idea is not so new, and the movie will undoubtedly be compared to Harry Potter. So is it as good?
Actually, the idea behind the book is a very interesting one: what would the Greek gods look and act like nowadays? But the small details from the books which make the story memorable are substituted in the movie. For example, the entrance to hell in the book is located in L.A music studio, but it is a simple hidden doorway in a mountainside in the movie.
The humor of the film seems like written for a Disney Channel sitcom. Many jokes fall flat, as the lines are spoken by the actors like if they expect a laughtrack to come up. There are so many holes in the plot that a sponge looks more solid – you’ll see them all if you can count the days. But putting that aside, the movie ends up a quite fresh take on those ancient stories that we grew up learning in school. Who hasn’t dreamed in the childhood how cool it would be if all those gods really existed and all stories were true? The film is not without its charms and will hold up at least with books fans and people looking to take the children to an ordinary family-friendly film.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
|posted by (2010-03-09 21:06:17)|
|I went and saw this film in the cinema and was really glad that I did. Not just because the film itself has some rather "big scenes" in it, but because there are two really, really, really scarey parts in it. Normally I would have downloaded the film and seeing what it looks like, just let the grand kids (aged 6 and 7) watch it. It looks Disney like. Thank goodness I didn't. In one scene you see a "fury" morph from a human being into a fury. And in another scene you see Haides morph from a human form into the Devil with hellfire and brimstone. These two scenes made me jump in my seat, but my two grand daughters would have been petrified and the youngest would have been scarred for life. Truly - That's just who she is.|
So if you do plan for kids under 13 to watch this film it might be an idea to be with them. In Australia kids under 13 can come into PG movies with an adult, so my grand daughters coming with me is legal here.
Just a warning for any of those people with kids who get a bit scared at all these magnificent effects that seem to be in movies nowadays.
Good read SaM - THANKS.
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