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Movie Review: The Lightening Thief

March 8, 2010

Sadly I started this movie review on February 15th, but sometimes life gets in the way. But better late than never!

As a lovely Valentine’s Day present from my boyfriend we went to the Sunday matinee of Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightening Thief. I had high hopes for this film and I was not disappointed. I have learned to see movies based on books with a very open mind, and I try very hard not to spend the entire two hours comparing each scene to the book.

This movie was directed by Chris Columbus who also directed the first two Harry Potter movies. Perhaps part of the reason I had such high hopes for this movie was because Columbus tends to do a pretty good job of bringing books to life on the screen. All of the major elements of the story were there. The CGI was incredible, although a few times I thought it was a bit overdone. I found myself cringing in my seat during Medusa’s entire scene. I was also a little disappointed to see that they left out Mrs. Jackson’s quirky habit of feeding Percy blue food!

The one downfall to the movie was it did very little to set itself up for the next story, and by very little I mean they didn’t even explain the signifigance of Thalia’s Tree….it simply looked like a BIG tree at the gates to Camp Half-Blood. This may have been due to the fact that at this point they are not sure that the sequel to the movie will be made.

As I said a few times already, I enjoyed this movie. I never found myself wondering how long we had been sitting in the theater or wishing I had bought more candy. If you are looking for a fun family film, especially if you have any Harry Potter fans in your family I would recommend this movie.

4 out of 5 stars.

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