As you may have guessed from my previous review for The Titan’s Curse, I’ve been really into the Riordanverse for the past few months. Which somewhat made me want to rewatch both Percy Jackson movies. So, without further ado, here’s my review for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief!
A war is brewing between the gods. Zeus is accusing Poseidon’s son of stealing his lightning bolt.
When Percy finds out he is the son of a Greek God, his life is kind of turned upside down. With the help of Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, he will embark on a journey to clear his name and stop a war between the gods.
On the road, he will find many enemies who will try to stop him, so do you think Percy and his friends will be able to restore the lightning bolt to Zeus in time?
I know the movie is really controversial among the Percy Jackson fandom. Personally, I wasn’t a fan of the Riordanverse until two or three months ago. And I watch the movies way before reading the books. So I was actually surprised when I read the books how much they changed the story to fit the film.
Despite everything, I have to say that, even now, I still really like this movie. Mainly because I love the main actors playing Annabeth and Percy, Alexandra Daddario and Logan Lerman. Which is kind of the only thing the film has got going for it if you’ve read the books.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is clearly a movie adaptation trying to capitalize on the Harry Potter/YA Adaptation trend, which is why the book was so poorly adapted. The books aren’t meant for teenagers, at least at first, but for 11-12-year-old children, like the first Harry Potter movies. Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and many other characters are supposed to be between 10 and 13 years old, not really 16 or 17. So a lot of the story and the way they grow up is lost when you change the age of the characters. It would be as if they made Harry, Hermione, and Ron 16-year-old teenagers in the first movie. Which wouldn’t have made sense…
But, if you didn’t read the books like I did when I first watched both Percy Jackson movies, then the movie will be great! It’s a fun story of a teenager who finds out he’s a demigod and of the adventures that it entails!
Should you see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?
If you read the books, I would advise you to steer clear of the movies. And to wait for the TV Show adaptation. (Which BTW, I’m super excited for and can’t wait to get more details. I also really hope that Logan Lerman will play Poseidon in the TV Show).
But, if you’ve never read the books, then absolutely watch the Percy Jackson movies!