Yeah, the story line was completely differnet pretty much. Why the heck are Percy and Annabeth supposed to be 12 and they get actors which are about 16? And what is up with the "Quest for the Pearls"? I think they ecspecially messed up the Lotus Casino and Hotel.
A Percy Jackson movie could have been a very good thing, but the way it was done pretty much ruined the possibilities. They aged the characters and messed up the story line, for no particularly good reasons.
Yeah I'm really saddened and disappointed by the movie. This series had such massive potential to become a major franchise like Harry Potter and Twilight. I heard their reason for casting older actors was that they wanted to aim for an older audience as well. VERY foolish move in my opinion. Look at Harry Potter they cast kids who were the same age as the characters were written in the books and despite them being so young the movie still had a great appeal to adults as well! The whole intent with Percy is the same as in Harry Potter, you're meant to grow with the characters, but by casting people in their 20's there is little or no room for personal and developmental growth. Percy appeals to both kids and adults for the same reason Harry Potter does: they're simply such extraordinary stories that the age of the characters doesn't matter in the least and you're still able to truly connect with them regardless of age! Chris Columbus should have known better especially since he worked on the very first two Harry Potter films! I might be 23, but I've seen those first few HP movies and read the earliest books too many times to even count yet I will NEVER get sick of them despite being a decade older than the characters! It didn't matter that Harry or Percy were merely 12! IMHO the casting is what really killed the movie. Their many other mistakes may have easily been forgiven and a sequel would have been much more likely had they not chosen to cast kids in their 20s to play 12 year olds. This is unfortunately one of those cases where a studio adapts a book and just utterly butchers a once brilliant story to the point that its unrecognizable by making numerous unnecessary changes. It makes me so sad and annoyed because I just KNOW that if it had been done right then Percy Jackson would have gone on to become an absolutely amazing and hugely popular franchise because it has such a mass universal appeal! These stories appeal to both kids and adults so easily. It has all the makings of becoming the next Harry Potter, nothing is better than Potter, but Percy takes my #2 spot without question! It might not have been quite as huge as HP, but it could have flawlessly filled the niche which will be left behind by the end of the HP movies just as the Percy books filled the gap left after the last Potter book for many of us fans and gave us a new series to follow.
I just feel like they completely screwed themselves and us fans by changing the characters and the story in the manner and to the extent that they did, however with that said I still REALLY want to see them continue and do the sequels. Let us all just pray that maybe 10 years from now someone will come along and see how much potential this series has as a film franchise and decide to try re-making the Lightening Thief. Maybe then we could finally see a PROPER adaptation and therefore one that is actually worthy of being called a Percy Jackson film because the movie I saw was absolutely nothing like the story I read.
I know that they were trying to make it a possible stand alone movie in case it didn't take off, but I wish that they just followed the book and left it open for sequels that might not be made. Now they just made future movies that much harder to create since they pretty much ended the movie. I mean just look at the whole Luke thing. No one was supposed to know it was him till later and now they pretty much killed him, though I guess they could bring him back and say he some how escaped drowning. I agree they should have done a much better job on that movie and used younger actors as well.
I think the not using young actors bit was the smallest problem, since they changed the story line completely and therefore made any sequels impossible. They fabricated half of the story line on their own and only took the characters, setting, and scraps of the storyline at best to make this movie.
I thought that it was a ok movie if you had never read the books or realized it was based on anything but I had no idea what it had to do with Percy Jackson. It was really awful and I sincerely hope they don't attempt to make a sequel.
I agree with everyone else that this movie was a complete disaster. I think I'd be okay with trying again with the second book if they totally revamped the whole thing. New actors directors, writers ect. The potental was there but they would need to be more true to the stories and characters.
In addition to the casting problems, I hated how they movie removed some of the best features of the world that Rick Riordan set up. I mean, half the fun of the first book was waiting to see which Greek God was Percy's father. In the movie, they just said, "oh yeah, Poseidon's your dad." Such an anticlimax.
And then another really fun concept in the books is how the Greek Gods can disguise themselves and give hints/tips to the heros like when Apollo showed up as a homeless guy and Athena was the guide at Hoover Damn. But in the movie, they said that Gods are not allowed to talk to the heros.
Such a disappointment! A story that good could have made an amazing movie if they'd done it right. Oh, and one more thing -- how come the movie Grover wasn't into nature at all? Some satyr!
I saw the movie with my kids (they really liked it) and didn't know it was based on a book. Once I found that out I bought the whole series and my kids and I have read them (I do agree after reading the books that the movie was not great) and now I loan them to my students in my reading classes. Rick Riordan did a great job of making Mytholgy fun and entertaining for young readers. Happy reading everyone!
It was unfortunate that Rick Riordan gave up all rights in the movie making. They could have made a mint if they went with the ages in the book and followed the book, instead of using their creative licence and changing the story. Their loss, those books were so good, my sons and I would have gone to see every movie. I'll still watch it if the others came out but on cable not in cinema.
Yeah, but the story was completely different from the movie. Hades is portrayed as a psycho who wants to take over the world while Persephone is portrayed as a (well someone who is a player). Also Kronos is not mentioned at all.
I enjoyed the characters of the Percy Jackson movie but would have been better if they followed the script. Course with movies you can't put everything in it from the books, would be to long. Although alot of people think Hades is always a bad guy in mythology he isn't. He's helped out mankind in mythology legends and Persephone loved Hades, she didn't hate him. I did enjoy the movie for what it was. I enjoyed the humor and action. If your just looking for a fun movie and don't expect alot from the books than you'll enjoy it. I did. Rumor has it there planning on making another movie but if they do hope they stick more to the book this time.
I was one of the few who found out about the series by WATCHING the movie. I had never heard of the books (which is rare, because most of the time every movie that comes out, I've nearly always read the book. I didn't think the movie was terrible. I thought the guy that plays Percy Jackson was a TERRIBLE actor when he wakes up and thinks his mom is dead. Blah. Anyways, After watching the movie I was told it was based off a book, so I bought the entire series. The movie no way COMPARES to the books. There is so much more to the books than to the movies. I realize that when creating a movie out of a book some things will need to be changed, but there was just too much change it didn't even feel like the same story line. I don't see how they can make a sequel, as they didn't really leave it open to set up for the next book (unless they just go a completely different direction than Riordan). Anywyas. I agree, after having read the books, the movie is complete and utter garbage.
I watched the movie and got a sort of angry. I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series. They twisted the stories! They didn't even mention Kronos and Thalia. Poor Luke and Hades got to be the bad guy. In the books, Luke did the whole thing because of Kronos, and Hades had lost his helm and was just wanting it back, not the lightning bolt. The casting, well. Grover was a really, really bad choice. Annabeth's blonde hair and smart image was gone. Luke, I was surprised! He looked almost the same as I imagined! Percy... I thought he was okay. Not bad. Anyway the movie was disappointing.
The movie was terrible! They changed Grover so much, in the book he was scared of everything and in the movie he was like I'm going to go kick a monsters butt. Annabeth's hair was so stupid, in the movie it was straight and brown in the book it's blond and wavy.
That is one reason many writers do not give up creative control, but give up a ton of money in the process. It's a strong temptation to give up creative control and hope to see your movie on the big screen, but most authors are not happy with the result. I know the Deltora Quest books were never made into movies because Rodda refused to give up creative control. Good for her. Most of us do not want to see a Hollywood hybrid of our favorite stories, new does not mean better. That is also why many "true to the story" movies end up being low budget, because the authors had to settle for something smaller to maintain control.