Review: Move Over Harry Potter, Percy Jackson Has Arrived

Percy Jackson is a great movie to catch with your family this Presidents Day Weekend. But if you're a die hard fan of the books, you might find yourself sitting in front of the screen in frustration.

Percy Jackson is the film adaption of the first book on Rick Riordan's popular series, directed by Chris Columbus (Director of the first two Harry Potter films).

The story focuses on Percy Jackson, a struggling teenage boy he comes to discover his best friend, Grover, is a faun, and that he's the son of a god.

After figuring things out, he is brought to a place called Camp Half Blood, where children of Gods grow and live until being sent on a 'QUEST'. Percy then finds out he's been accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt, which he obviously has nothing to do with.

He is sent to stay in a cabin with a boy named Luke, and meets a girl named Annabeth a long the way. He later discovers that he is the only son of the god of the sea; Poseidon.

He decides to venture on a quest with Grover and Annabeth, to prove himself innocent and find the true lightning theif.
Percy Jackson And The Olympians The Lightning Thief was impressive to me. I mean so maybe the special effects weren't as good as they should have been, and it was a bit off from the book, but the cast was generally good. Chiron had a very small part in the movie, which disappointed me.

The whole lead up to him finding out he was Poseidon's son was completely cut out of the movie and Camp Half Blood wasn't as important as it should have been either. The chose for Grover was great, even though he didn't fit any of Grover's characteristics (He was black) which angered some fans.

The movie was pretty funny, and I don't exactly agree with the PG rating. The monsters are a little scary for smaller kids and the movie does curse once or twice. I give the movie three and a half stars for it's impressive acting, but not staying very true to the book.

 Hopefully Sea of Monsters stays more true to the book, and I can't wait to see who plays Tyson. Maybe a young Will Ferrell would be good for Tyson, tall and with a good sense of humor. This is my opinion and I hope you keep it handy.
I give the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars:

What did you think of The Lightning Theif? Are you going to see it?