Modern times mix with Greek mythology in the family friendly Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan, the movie follows trouble-prone Jackson (Logan Lerman) who, through fate and family DNA, clashes with the gods of Mount Olympus. The pages of Greek mythology become real in this tall tale, full of fantasy, action and adventure.
Learning he is the demigod son of Poseidon and accused of stealing Zeus’ lighting rod, Jackson finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, and embarks on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief and unravel a mystery. The Christopher Columbus directed flick is a fun romp through Greek mythology and could easily be the first in a series of Percy Jackson & The Olympians films. It has all the flash and goods to be a great franchise, including heroes, villains, monsters, wishes, and epic feats of magic.
The premise of the half-breed children of the gods discovering new powers within themselves and taking on modern-day adventures is a great avenue to explore in future Percy Jackson films.
It’s interesting to note that a movie based on an ancient mythology can still be current, exciting and believable (in a fantasy kind of way), but it is. With Clash Of The Titans released about the same time, Percy Jackson is a better fantasy for young adults with less violence and adult content than the Titans flick. If Percy Jackson suffers from something, it might be a lack of focus on the true audience of the film. The books are targeted mostly at teens, while the movie tries to hard to please everyone and could at times lose the attention of the intended audience. Regardless, it’s a wonderful story with a great series of books behind it.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on June 29.