Saturday, July 3, 2010

Circle Time ( On Demand ): Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I do not think that I could find a longer title for a posting anywhere on Blogger, even if I tried.

Centars, minotars, and satyrs, oh my! If you want them, we've got them. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is chalk-full of mythical creatures and magic, enough to make an obsessive dungeons and dragons fanatic wet his pants.

In this film adaption of the pre-teen novel, Percy Jackson, the son of the sea god, Poseidon, is accused of stealing the master lightning bolt from Zeus, king of Olympus. Zeus threatens Poseidon with a war of the gods if the master bolt is not returned to him by the summer solstice. It is Percy's job to clear his name and make sure that this war is over even before it begins.

You would think that by this time, after all the film adaptations of novels about magical, fantasy worlds like The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter,The Chronicles of Narnia, and  even Twilight, we would all be tired of the whole concept and not want to see another one. However, this film is quite unique in the way that it puts a contemporary twist on actual mythology and brings it to us in a way that is actually entertainning.

'Percy' is filled with almost as many recognizable faces as it is mythical creatures ( the kind of faces where you know the face, but you don't really know the name ). People like Catherine Keener, Rosario Dawson, a rugged Pierce Brosnan, the aging Joe Pantoliano, and a scary, but always enjoyable, Uma Thurman make this film more fun to watch.

This film is fast paced, starting off with an opener that catches your attention and holds it there while you ride right along with the film. There are also parts of this film that offer a pretty good laugh or two. If you're into mythology and the magical world scenario then this is a pretty good film. However, if you're a realist this movie can get pretty ridiculous, even with its more realistic scenes and Alexandra Daddario does not play a very convincing love interest in this film.

With all that said, 'The Lightning Thief' is a pretty entertainning film that keeps your attention until the very end.

See this film.

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