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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [Blu-ray]
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- 10 Deleted Scenes
- Secrets of the Gods
- Discover Your Powers Quiz
- The Book Comes to Life
- Inside Camp Half-Blood
- On Set with Brandon T. Jackson
- Meet the Demigods
- Composing for the Gods: A Conversation with Christophe Beck
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't bother with the movie--get the audio books instead! Jesse Bernstein does a good job with the tone and feeling that Riordan created. (And yes, I'm an adult who's been reading and enjoying "quest" novels for many years. Riordan respected his audience, and created well and true for them; Columbus, on the other hand, "disrespected" Riordan's intent, and it shows.)
When we went to see the new Harry Potter movie, scenes for it came on during the trailers.
He recognized the story the second the preview started. He was thrilled, and so was I. What potential this unique and fun series had for a movie--or movies...I mean, they advertised that it was being brought to us by the people who make the Harry Potter movies.
The Potter movies stay so true to the book--taking care to absolutely keep things in the screenplay that are necessary to the plot line.
I wish I could say the same for this movie.
When it finally came out, we went to a movie theater in NJ that was right across the river from NYC.
We could see the Empire State building from the theater parking lot, and took it as a sign that the movie was going to rock. We were so psyched to see it.
When we left the theater, I thought my son was going to cry, and I couldn't un-scrunch my eyebrows--huh?? I felt so bad for him, for me, for Rick Riordan...
We understand that it's impossible to make a movie exactly like a book-- but this was a travesty.
Every important aspect of the story was by-passed for the sake of special effects.
It's almost as if the screenwriter had been given a verbal summary of what the book was about, and took it from there. So many important plot points were left out or down right changed to the point that it would be impossible to even think about a sequel.
It's such a shame. These stories have the "book made to movie" potential of the Potter series, or dare I say, a kids "Lord of the Rings".
If someone with vision had just read the books, the money used to make it could have been so much better spent.
It could have been knocked out of the park, but, alas, the ball was dropped and we all lost.
***SPOILERS! Do NOT read any further IF you don't want info about the movie!!!***
Here's a list of Pros & Cons about "Percy Jackson":
CON: Percy Jackson - in the book, he's a 12 year old with ADHD and dyslexia...which causes him to have issues in school (so much so that he changes schools frequently). In the movie, Percy is now 16-17 years old with a weird Adam Lambert haircut & a "wink wink nudge nudge" delivery of his lines. I think this was an agenda to try & snag more teen/tween girls into attending. I had a hard time thinking he was a credible Demigod when he looks like the mutated love child of Zac Efron & Justin Bieber.
PRO: Grover - I just have to acknowledge the fact that Brandon T. Jackson (who often stole the show in "Tropic Thunder") made a great Grover. He played him with humor & distracted us from Zac Bieber's inability to act.
CON: Clarice - is missing. Completely. To have Percy's major antagonist completely MISSING from the movie was just plain stupidity.
CON: Annabeth - is different. Completely. The "writers" of this movie decided to blend the characters of Clarice and Annabeth...resulting in the "Claribeth" mess in the movie. She's the daughter of Athena but kicks booty like a daughter of Ares. Disappointing doesn't even begin to cover it.
CON: Hades - played by the often hilarious Steve Coogan.Read more ›
Unless you've read the book and don't mind finding out what was cut and changed, consider this your SPOILER ALERT!
First and most obviously, the ages of the actors. They are all in their late teens, whereas the kids in the book are 12.
Second, no Ares, Clarisse, or Dionysus. The fight for the Lightning Bolt is with Luke instead of Ares. And Annabeth takes on the role of the warrior girl in the movie.
Third, instead of a quest, Percy Grover and Annabeth just ditch camp to get the lightning bolt and save Percy's mother.
Fourth, NO PROPHECY. No mention of Thalia or the Big Three pact. I hope they mention it in The Sea of Monsters if they make it.
Those are the 4 biggest changes I remember from the movie and biggest complaints from avid fans. Logan Lerman (Percy), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Brandon T Jackson (Grover), and Jake Abel (Luke) are all great actors. I hadn't really heard of them until The Lightning Thief. But they are terrific actors! Brandon is hilarious as Grover, and makes tons of jokes as the comic relief. Some may find his constant cracking of joke irritating, but in the right mood he's hilarious.
Sean Bean, and Kevin Mckidd are great as Zeus and Poseidon respectively.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Percy Jackson movies were really cool and I enjoyed watching them with my family. I really hope that they decide to make the rest of them in the future.Published 7 hours ago by Aaron Sullivan
Awesome movie to watch with the entire family. Now I have my son hooked on reading the books.Published 2 days ago by Ana Iris
Enjoyed this movie. Great for those into Greek mythology with today's twist on it.Published 3 days ago by SCSU Girl
I bought this and other Percy Jackson series for my cousin who is a fan. She LOVES Percy Jackson, and was so happy when I got them for her for a Christmas gift.Published 5 days ago by Rita
The movie itself is a good movie - just a poor adaptation. I understand the people who make movies make them for those who are not readers of the genre or the author but for the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matt McClure
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|The age of the main characters is a vital and very disturbing change!||
Probaly the reason they used older people is because it might be nice to read about a 12 year old fighting monsters and going on quests, but how would that look an screen? Not very good.
Apr 25, 2013 by rose | See all 3 posts
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