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Ventus Air-Man

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As some of you may already know, The Lightning Thief is a movie based off the book by Rick Riordan. It hit theaters yesterday, and I was wondering what you all thought of it. In my opinion, it was 'okayish', straying far away from the book's original story. The Lotus Casino was about the closest that they stayed to the book's counterpart. Other than that, all of the events were twisted in many ways.

Whether you hate the new movie or not, please discuss it here.

What others thought:

Originally Posted by khphantom97
So, yesterday, my friends and I went to go see Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief directed by Chris Columbus , who made the first two Harry Potters, and RENT. Here are my impressions of the film. Percy Jackson is about the title character Percy, who finds out he is a demigod, a half-god and half-mortal child. His father, Poseidon , is accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt, hence the name, “The Lightning Thief”. Percy and his friends go on an adventure across the country to retrieve it before a war between the gods arises.

The story uses a clever mixture of ancient and modern events, places, and people with Greek mythology. One problem that struck me as annoying was the plot. It kept to the book’s plot mostly, but changed and added many things. One thing was the main villain. In the book, Ares, the god of war , was the main villain, and he was working the half-dead Kronos. In the movie, Luke was the main villain. Although he is a villain in the book, they don’t even mention Ares or Kronos. He was also portrayed as a pretty corny villain in my opinion. They also added a new plot point about using magic pearls to get out of the Underworld. And, they cut Ares daughter Clarisse but that’s probably due to the fact her father was not in the film either.

The characters were memorable, but, as I said, would have been better if they had included all of them.

The acting of the characters was phenomenal and actually laugh-out-loud funny, especially of the satyr Grover. Though, some of the acting of the gods, such as Hades, was very cliché, but it wasn’t bad to see Rosario Dawson as Persephone, in a sexy dress

The movies visuals just look beautiful. Simple as that.

The music was very well thought out. The original music helped the story progress, and famous songs such as “Highway to Hell” and “Poker Face ” didn’t feel out of place and helped the mood.

Overall, this movie is simply amazing. It is great accompany to the book, and even if you have read the book, there will still be surprises that you didn’t expect. If enjoyed the Sorcerer’s Stone, and the Chamber of Secrets , you’ll enjoy this movie. So, let’s break it down:

Story
7
Original plot, but suffers from changing from book

Characters
8
Memorable Greek and original characters

Acting
8
Phenomenal acting

Visuals
8
Beautifully visualized

Music
9
Great music, original and famous

Overall
8 out of 10

This is tremendous film, and I definitely recommend seeing it.
 
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It's very different. They never went to St. Louis. And, to top it all off, he fought the hydra. The hydra. In the book series, he didn't fight it until book two.

There are many more events that they messed up, but there's too many to say.
 

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^On the bright side though, the monsters looked epic. Very nice graphics. Mrs. Dodds was so freaky-looking.
 

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percy jackson is supposed to be 12 YEARS OLD. not 16-looking. that's one of the main reasons i don't want to watch this.

I know, it's like they made him the age of the fifth book. I don't think they're going to be able to make all the movies without him looking like he's 20. "Yeah Percy, the prophecy is for when you turn 21 actually."
I'm seeing it tonight anyways.
 

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percy jackson is supposed to be 12 YEARS OLD. not 16-looking. that's one of the main reasons i don't want to watch this.

Yeah, I agree. I don't even know how there going to squeeze four more movies out of this.

There was not even a mention of Kronos at all, btw
 

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I haven't read the first one in a while, did they mention him? I'm pretty sure they did, since he's the main villain and everything. That just doesn't make sense :/
 

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Yeah, they did. Many times in the book. Very stupid on their part to not include his name, in my opinion.
 

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That is stupid, but that might mean they won't make a sequel.
 

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yes but this is one of those films where they take a random book and make it into a film. they did the exact same thing with narnia, a series of unfortunate events, his dark materials and some other really bad generic film whose book counterpart was probably really good, which i can't remember the name of.
 

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Hm, so I saw it and it was a total letdown. No mention of Ares, Kronos, or the prophecy. And they had the whole plot with the pearls, and it was just nothing like the book. I'm disappointed :(
 

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What could you expect though. Not one movie that I have seen is anything like the book... which is why I stopped comparing them long ago.

Was it good movie-wise? Graphics-wise?
 

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Graphics-wise, it was awesome. The monsters looked, well how could I put this... real.
 
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