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Monday, February 22, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Directed by Chris Columbus)

Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Uma Thurman

Watched Feb 18th

She said:

I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from the film. The trailer looked rather... wishy-washy (technical term of course). But I actually really enjoyed it! My expectations of wishy-washyness weren't completely quashed though. There were plot gaps and occasional thoughtlessness but overall, I liked it.

The film was obviously aimed at those younger than me, probably people in their early teens who are at the best age to idolise these demi-gods, offspring of Greek gods. The dialogue reflected the younger audience, often handing the viewers information on a plate whereas more mature people might prefer a subtler approach.

Thinking about it logically how could this film not be fun and exciting with the Greek mythology behind it. Ancient Greece is a fascinating time in history and merging it with modern day might not be the most original concept but it is a winner. Although some characters were interesting, Medusa comes to mind although Uma's acting scene is not lengthy, other characters were not developed at all suchs as Hermes, Hades and Athena.

There were some moral issues that got on my wick a bit. The main one was that Percy is thought to be dyslexic... but actually his brain is just 'tuned' to Ancient Greek. Call me old fashioned but I would like the good old 'just because your X doesn't mean you can't be great' ethic. There was also an interesting drug taking scene... I'll leave it for you to watch though.

Overall an enjoyable film but don't expect to be blown away by the characters and plot development. I give this film <<<3 out of 5>>>

He said:
I had higher expectations for this film than my better half mostly due to the amount of respect I have for Chris Columbus. The Director of the First two Harry Potters, the RENT film as well as countless others, Chris is notoriously known for respecting the source material while at the same time making it his own property.

The film was a bit heavy handed at times as well as a bit disrespectful regarding the dyslexia as Helen mentioned above. Another less than subtle message of the film is that "Daddy issues" are common place. Without giving too much of the film away I was less than pleased that these powerful young teenagers when their abilities were unveiled to them were more concerned with the Absentee parents than they were about the amazing abilities. Obviously I come from a strong Moral reasoning of "with great power comes great responsibility" belief, but what do you want from A Spidey fan, really?

This is a fun family film and it is worth watching it can be a bit silly at times (like crossing the united states twice in a matter of 3 days) and the "protector/sidekick" character was a bit annoying, I give it {{{{3.5 out of 5}}}}

They said:
If you want a fun film with little to no actual thought involved, or you just want a family friendly adventure movie this is the film for you, It is a very typical Columbus film and you will be pleasantly surprised. we give it {{{{6.5 out of 10}}}}

1 comment:

  1. Great review guys. Me and my friend have been having fun with this movie for the sole reason that, there is a table top system (like dungeons and dragons) called Scion "wherein players take on the roles of mortal descendants of gods embroiled in a divine war between the gods and the Titans(1)". Another great review though!

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