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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Based on the first of a series of best selling novels, PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF is set in a modern world where the twelve gods of Mount Olympus (perched 600 stories above the planet on New York's landmark Empire State Building) are alive and are creating a new race of young mythological heroes who are demigods-- half mortal, half god. Percy, the teenage son of Poseidon, is suspected by Zeus of stealing his lightning bolt, the universe's most powerful weapon. To prove his innocence and avoid a devastating war among the gods, Percy embarks on a transcontinental odyssey to find the real thief. The film's score was composed by Christophe Beck who won an Emmy for his work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Beck has scored numerous films including The Pink Panther, Bring It On, I Love You Beth Cooper, American Wedding, Under the Tuscan Sun, School for Scoundrels, License to Wed, Fred Claus, Charlie Bartlett, Drillbit Taylor and others. Directed by Chris Columbus and Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman, and Ray Winstone.

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The similarity between the Harry Potter series of fantasy novels for young adolescents and the Percy Jackson series of fantasy novels for young adolescents is reinforced by the choice of Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, to direct the first Percy Jackson movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Columbus' choice of Christophe Beck as the film's composer also seems appropriate, since Beck cut his teeth writing music for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (winning an Emmy in the process) and has gone on to a series of often youth-oriented Hollywood comedies. Beck brings to bear the full resources of the A-list of Hollywood orchestral musicians here, and they play a highly conventional big orchestral score to accompany the story of a teenager contending with the gods of Mount Olympus. Beck likes to have the many horns carry his alternately heroic and wistful melodies, while the massed strings provide rhythmic underpinning. It's not hard to tell what sorts of activities the musical cues accompany, as titles like "The Fury" indicate that feats of derring-do are being enacted on the big screen while Beck's galloping music fills the theater. He reserves his big main theme, appropriately enough, for a cue called "Hollywood." Indeed, this is Hollywood 101, nothing that hasn't been heard before, just as the film is strongly suggestive of similar sorts of entertainment that have sopped up lots of money from multiplexes in recent years. But it is effectively done all the same. -- All Music Guide, William Ruhlmann, February 16, 2010
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Product Details

  • Composer: Christophe Beck
  • Audio CD (February 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B0032EZC04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Greek mythology has proven to be a fertile breeding ground for Hollywood films for decades. From the gods of Mount Olympus - Zeus and Poseidon, Aphrodite and Apollo - to human figures such as Jason, Odysseus, Achilles and Perseus in stories such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, these names are engrained into western culture and civilization, and provide classical inspiration for storytellers across the world. When you take these myths and combine them with a very modern variation on the Harry Potter world you end up with Percy Jackson & the Olympians, a series of novels by author Rick Riordan, whose first effort, "The Lightning Thief", has now been turned into a major motion picture.

Directed by Chris Columbus - who also directed the first two Harry Potters - the film stars Logan Lerman as the eponymous Percy, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon Jackson as his best friends, and a whole host of character actors as the Gods and creatures of mythology, including Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Steve Coogan, Kevin McKidd, Rosario Dawson, and Melina Kanakaredes. The plot revolves around Percy, a typical American high school teenager, whose world is turned upside-down when it is revealed that he is the son of Poseidon, and has been accused by Zeus of stealing the legendary `master bolt', the owner of which can wield great power. Before long Percy and his friends find themselves beset on all sides, being attacked by mythological creatures, while attempting to find the real lightning thief and return the bolt to its rightful place amongst the Gods, who now reside atop the Empire State Building.
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By Maria on October 12, 2011
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I know, I know, the movie could have been better, and it strays way too far from the book, BUT the soundtrack is really outstanding. There's kind of Harry Potterish and Narnish ring to it, so if you're a great fan of these, then this soundtrack is for you. BTW, fell in love with track no. 1 Prelude.
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The action cues are good, and the dramatic underscore is thematically functional. I was also surprised by the decent sound quality--I HATE the Newman Stage--but the main theme is a little annoying in its unoriginality.
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Great soundtrack and one of my new favorites. Christophe Beck did a great job bringing Percy's world to like through his music. Hope you like it too.
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