Posts Tagged ‘greek mythology’

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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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

February 11, 2010

The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy/ Fiction
Source: Personal Collection

Percy Jackson’s seventh grade year was uneventful. Not a single monster bothered him at his New York prep school, until the last day of school. An innocent game of dodgeball between Percy and his classmates quickly degrades into a deadly match against cannibal giants. Then Annabeth arrives to tell Percy that Camp Halfblood’s border is failing, it has been poisoned. Percy embarks on a wild journey to find the cure, rescue Grover and save the camp. What he didn’t count on was gaining a better understanding of family. His journey reveals a surprising secret about his family and Percy can’t help but wonder if being the son of Poseidon is really the honor he thought.

I enjoyed the second book in the Percy Jackson series even more than the first. In the first book Percy often acted like a selfish child, typical eleven-year-old mentality I suppose. In The Sea of Monsters, Percy started his journey as a selfish child, but as his adventure continues he began to realize that life isn’t always going to go his way. Percy’s relationships with his fellow demigods are strengthened. I enjoyed watching him come to terms with his imperfect family. I found this part of the story very easy to relate to, everyone wants to think their father is perfect, but dads are not perfect— human or god.

The Sea of Monsters still did not give us much attention and depth to the Greek mythology, as I would have liked. The myth that Riordan did spend some time with was the Golden Fleece. Also he begin to get into some of the less common myths and monsters, which added to the intrigue because it was more difficult to figure out the monsters fatal flaw, before it is revealed.

Book Review: The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians)

January 18, 2010

The Lightening Thief
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians (Book 1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy/Fiction
Source: Personal Collection

Eleven-year-old Percy Jackson always seems to be getting himself into trouble. And not the regular scrapes that all little boys seem to find themselves in, but the trouble that you only read about in adventure stories, specifically the adventure stories of the mythological Greek heroes. At least he thought they were mythological- Percy has become the recent target of mythological monsters, and he must rely on his own quick thinking, the help of new friends and even the occasional bump in the right direction by the Gods to survive the summer. This page-turner sets the stage for the rest of the Olympians series. Percy discovers who he is, and the whispering of his destiny during his first summer at Camp Half-Blood. Riordan deftly weaves together the stories of Greek Mythology, with the heroes of western civilization. Continue Reading