Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief  

Posted by: Isabel in , , ,

It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy adapts to his newly discovered status as a demi-god (his father is Poseidon), he finds himself caught between the battling titans of Mt. Olympus. He and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.

When I first saw the preview for this movie, I learned it was based on a series of books. I read all the books and was even more excited to watch the movie.

I'm going to over the plot and then talk about the differences from the book that I didn't really care for.

After Percy is attacked by a fury and demanding he turn over the lightning bolt, his BFF Grover takes him home. Grover tells his mom, Sally, it's time to go. Off they drive. Sally is trying to explain who Percy's father is but they are interrupted by a Minotaur. Percy makes it to camp,
but the Minotaur has his mom.

Percy wakes up and learns he's a demi god. His father was a god. The god Poseidon. Grover is a satyr and his teach is Chiron, a centaur. Grover shows him around. Percy spots Annabeth, daughter of Athena training.

A game of capture the flag starts and Percy is on Luke's, son of Hermes, team. Percy is about to capture the flag when Annabeth kicks the crap out of him. Percy hears a voice advising him to head towards the river that's just right by him. Percy dips his hand in and is energized. He then beats Annabeth and captures the flag.

At dinner, Hades appears and demand the lightning bolt in exchange for his mother. Percy prepares to sneak away from camp. He is met by Annabeth and Grover. But they stop by Luke's cabin for advice. Luke gives them his favorite shield and a pair of winged shoes he stole from his dad's house. (Luke has daddy issues) Luke tells him to getting into the underworld is easy, getting out is tricky. Since Persephone likes to have visitors, she leaves pearls scattered around. You stomp on the pearl while thinking of where you want to be and wha la! You are out from the underworld.

Percy and the gang find the 3 pearls. One at Medusa's lair, one in Nashville, and one at the Lotus Hotel. The Lotus hotel is place that lures you with games, food and gambling. It makes you never want to leave.

With the help of his father's voice telling him to snap out of it, Percy and the gang make it out of the hotel. Only they thought they were there for a couple of hours. They were there for days. Did I mention of the bolt isn't returned to Zeus by the summer solstice, war will start? yeah.

Off they go to Hollywood, where the entrance to Hades is at. They arrive at the palace and Persephone meets them. Percy swears to Hades they don't have the bolt. But what happens to be hidden in the shield? The bolt. Hades is about send Percy and the gang, I forget where, when Persephone distracts Hades and knocks him out. She gives the Percy the bolt. However, there are now 4 of them and they only have 3 pearls. Grover stays behind.

They make it to the Empire State building with only 10 minutes to spare. Luke arrives. He didn't expect them to make it out. He wanted war to start so that the gods would destroy each other. Percy and Luke battle it out. Percy wins.

He makes it just in time to return the bolt. Percy explains it wasn't him who stole it, it was Luke. Hermes looks surprised (which he shouldn't since he knows what luke is going to do). No more war. Poseidon asks for a moment alone with Percy.

Turns out Poseidon was forced to leave Percy and his mom. the more time he spent with them, the more human he became. Which is why Zeus passed a law saying parents could not be in contact with their children.

The end. Well, ends with Percy and Annabeth sparring.

Ok, for the most part I enjoyed the movie. Yeah, i know it's different from the book, but that's expected. This is the stuff that bugged me the most.

1) Persephone. Ok, the bolt is due by the summer solstice right? So why is Persephone with Hades? Shouldn't she be up on Earth? Also, in the books, Percy describes her looking.. faded. Like the place sucked her life force. She was dressed in dark colors but not what I imagined the goddess of Springtime to look/dress like.

2) Dionysus and Ares. So they have Persephone, who doesn't even show up in the book and they don't have Dionysus?? He helps Chiron run the camp! I wanted to see an unhappy guy in leopard print at the camp. Geez. And Ares, yeah I can see cutting him out. But I think it would have been cool to see Percy kick his butt.

3) Clarisse. In the book, Clarisse is trying to pick on Percy when he arrives. After soaking her with toilet water, she's the one who comes to kick his butt during the capture the flag game. Not Annabeth. And no one knows Percy is the son of Poseidon until Percy is shoved/moved ( I can't remember) into the water by Clarisse. That's when the trident symbol appears over his head. If they are going to make the second book into the movie, I hope they introduce her cause she kind of plays a big part.

4) The pact. No mention of the pact by the 3. The pact to not have children. that's why Percy being the son of Poseidon is such a big deal and why he's all alone in his cabin. Also, no mention of the great prophecy. No oracle.

5) Nothing about Kronos and Luke teaming up.

That's about it. Other than those things, I still enjoyed the movie. I do plan on watching the sequels. And even if you haven't the read the books, I think you'll still enjoy the movie like my husband did.

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Aww Isabel! They left out some important things, if they're going to continue to make the movies! I'm with you, everyone playes a key roles along the way.

The pact was important, the oracle, the prophecy... wow!

Great review!

Thank you. :)

Hey Isabel!! I've been meaning to comment on your review forever and then, I just completely forgot ^_^; I blame it on the Olympics!

Well I guess they were able to retain the flow of the story... but wow, they did leave out sooo much stuff!! And they are planning to adapt all the books? I mean, what is the point if the prophecy and pact are not mentioned? They're the basis of the series!!

Not to fond of Persephone either. And it sucks that so many key characters were left out :(

And I guess Percy was not claimed by Poseidon the same way it was in the book? I thought it would have been cute!

I'm going to go see it one of these days...

Thanks for the review!!

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