Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Brandon T. Jackson
The critical verdict on “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” boils down to this: Percy Jackson, you’re no Harry Potter.
The new movie tells the story of a troubled boy who finds out he’s actually the son of Poseidon, which makes him a demigod, which is pretty cool. What’s not so cool: all sorts of mythological monsters want to kill him, including Medusa, the Minotaur and a Fury. The film stars Logan Lerman as Percy and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as a helpful teacher/centaur. The film, based on the book by Rick Riordan, was directed by Chris Columbus, who helmed the first two Harry Potter movies, which means, of course, that every fantasy adventure film he ever makes from now until Doomsday will be compared to Harry Potter.
“Percy Jackson” was produced by Fox 2000, which is owned by News Corp., publisher of the Wall Street Journal.
Speakeasy took one of our kids and a friend to see this film and they loved it — but apparently seven-year-old boys who have actually read the “Percy” books aren’t as knowledgeable about what young people want to watch as surly middle-aged movie critics who probably didn’t even put candy out for Halloween and think a PS3 is R2-D2′s cousin. Just sayin’.
Most movie critics gave the film mixed reviews, and more than a few lazily came up with some sort of pun riffing off the word “Lightning” in the title — like, “‘Lightning’ Lacks Electricity” or “After ‘Potter’ ‘Lightning’ Doesn’t Strike Twice” or “‘Lightning Thunderous Bore.” Hmmm. Now that we’ve done a few, that’s actually kinda fun! “Harry Steals ‘Lightning Thief’s’ Thunder.” Had to get one more in there.