Monday Movie Review #5 - The Lightning Thief

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm late. Yes, I know I am. I was meant to see this last weekend, but scheduling conflicts/illnesses/life got in the way of my doing so...BUT I finally got to go this weekend, so here is my review for The Lightning Thief!

(I had to use this film poster because I liked it best.)

Ok, for those who haven't read The Lightning Thief yet, here is a wee summary:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Taken from GoodReads.

As I've said before, I'm really not a fan of book to film adaptations because they usually just don't measure up in the slightest. That said, I really enjoyed this movie! No, it didn't stick completely to the book, but it was full of fun, adventure, drama, excitement...the whole lot that makes movies fun to watch! Moreover, I think Logan Lerman was an excellent choice for the part of Percy Jackson, and who can resist Sean Bean as Zeus?! I have to say that the parts of Annabeth and Poseidon, played by Alexandra Daddario and Kevin McKidd, respectively, wouldn't be my first choice, but they did well.

Chris Columbus of Harry Potter fame, actually did something well this time. While this wasn't the best or most perfect film adaptation I've ever seen, I have to say I really enjoyed it, and I'll definitely be looking forward to the sequel. I give this film a very strong 4 out of 5, but don't expect the movie to be as good as the book - go in with an open mind! Below is the trailer, if you've not yet seen it.

Finally, as a quick and unrelated closing note, the lovely Jenn from Book Crazy has featured me on her amazing Music Monday! If you get a chance, check it out because I love her blog. Thanks!


  1. O I can't wait to read/see this one :)

  2. Haha very nice, Melissa! Your review is certainly nicer than mine :D

  3. I'm taking my son and some of his friends to see it next weekend for his belated birthday. We both love the series. Thanks for the review!

  4. I havent read the book, but I am going to watch the movie asap! Glad that you enjoyed it. :)

  5. Great review! I also surprisingly really liked it :)

  6. I kind of want to see this movie, but I'll just wait for DVD since it's not the type I normally like to see.

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  8. I really can't wait to watch it <3 logan lerman

  9. good review. i look forward to downloading this (legally) in the future!

  10. This seems like such an awesome movie. And with other movies to come in the future, I'm sure they will all be a success. Yay! Ah, but first, I shall read the book. I will never watch the movie first then read the book again. Makes me feel less excited to read the book. (A near-future exception: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. That I will go see first because my mom wants to see it. Haha.)

  11. Ooh, sounds like a great movie! I always hate it when they don't follow the book exactly, though...but I haven't read the book yet, so maybe I'd really like it ;)

  12. I loved the movie even thought it was really nothing like the book! I didn't like the girl that played Annabeth that much, it seemed like she was trying to hard. But Grover, he was hilarious! And Logan was definitely perfect! ;)

  13. Huh.. I don't know why, but I keep glancing over this book. But since it involves mythology, I'll be sure to check it out. Before watching the movie.


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