If you or your children loved the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, then for goodness’ sake, don’t see this movie! I have seen a lot of great books made into crappy movies over the years, from The Sum of All Fears to Eragon, but this movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was absolutely the word book to movie I’ve ever seen.
Man, where to begin. Rick Riordan did a wonderful job writing the Percy Jackson books. They were well written, enjoyable, with an equal mix of humor and seriousness, lovable characters, and a wonderful twist on classic Greek mythology. I’ve read all 5 books, and I absolutely loved them! Coming from that point of view, having read and loved the books, I’m not sure I can adequately express how angry I am at Chris Columbus for utterly ruining this movie.
Everything was wrong, and I mean everything! Percy wasn’t 12…he looked more like 18 or 20. Instead of a sweet but somewhat awkward kid, they got Logan Lerman, who can’t seem to help but come off as a smart ass punk with a chip on his shoulder. Grover wasn’t anything like Grover in the book. Annabeth was completely wrong…instead of a cute little blonde kid, they got some chunky brunette. She had no invisibility hat, no interest in architecture, and no past or story or connection to a great prophecy or anything.
There was no great prophecy, no Dionysus, no Ares, no Clarisse, no camp cabins, no Hermes, no official quest. Ares didn’t hide the lightning bolt in the backpack he gives to Percy. Poseidon didn’t claim Percy at camp, Charon wasn’t a cool dude in a suit who needed a raise…I can go on and on and on. The movie hardly followed the book at all, other than the barest of the plot lines.
But it was much more than just technical or story issues…the look and feel of the movie was just wrong. Heck, I kept feeling like Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo were about to pop up and re-enact some of the crappier episodes of Xena or Hercules. It was just so…cheesy, almost sitcom-ish.
Also, I understand a studio wanting to make their movies racially diverse, but please, the Greek gods were all white. Nobody has the right to go screwing with history like that just to be politically correct. Super lame.
For the first time in a very long time, I found myself in a movie, and I couldn’t wait for it to end. It really was that bad. My wife, who has also read and loved the books, thought it was horrible as well. The first thing we did when it ended was to get on Twitter and announce how terrible it was.
Seriously folks, if you or your children loved the Percy Jackson book, PLEASE DON”T SEE THIS MOVIE!
Chris Columbus, I used to have respect for you, but not anymore. You screwed up this movie hardcore 🙁 You know you’ve failed when the trailer for the movie was 10 times better than the movie…
This movie, as of now, has a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, an absolute splat, and it SO deserves worse than that!