Saturday, May 1, 2010

MOVIE: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Loved the book, quite liked the movie
Released 2/12/10
PG (2:00)
4/28/10 at Crossroads with Fran
RT: 50 cag: 77
Director: Chris Columbus (I love that 1492 Pictures is his company)

(includes Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, and Uma Thurman among its credits)

Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief has been a huge hit in my classroom for the last few years. The first book in a series of five about a contemporary boy who was fathered by Poseidon, we switch back and forth between a "real" contemporary world and gods and creatures from Greek mythology.

Percy Jackson has known nothing of his paternal side, known nothing other than he struggles in school because of ADHD and dyslexia. Then, one day in his early teens, his life rapidly changes with the entrance of centaurs and Olympic gods and nasty scary creatures who are all out to get him. He is taken to "Camp Half Blood" where his background is explained and he is immediately forced into a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt, which Zeus thinks Percy stole. Along with his "protector" and a new female half-blood "warrior" like himself, they set off on a trip across America looking for the pearls that will allow them to leave the underworld, which will be their final destination. They have crazy, interesting, and just-a-bit scary adventures along the way.

I really enjoyed it. It was long, but the time passed quickly. My friend, Fran, who had not read the book and does not like fantasy/scary movies was less impressed. She was a good sport, though, and indulged me. Off to another movie tomorrow night!

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