Zeus belief that percy stole it centers aorund a very valid worry that it could pose a threat to zeus station as ruler of all the gods. I wanted to enjoy it because of the director and some of the actors. The movies scale is also grand, taking its demigod teen hero from the mean streets of new york to the fiery pits of hades before ending up in the. The plot of the first installment of the series which follows one year each of percys schooling as a demigod, though the film version has sped his age up to 16 or so is a fairly typical hero. Zeuss lightning bolt has been stolen, and percy is the prime suspect.
The lightning thief was released on the nintendo ds on february 11, 2010. Hes accused of stealing zeuss lightning bolt and sets out to retrieve it from hades in order to clear his name. Twelveyearold percy jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. It takes quite a lot of different factors to make a good movie, such as acting and plot, but. The lightning thief had so much potential of being a good film, but it turns out to be mediocre. He is twelve years old, and he decides to tell us the story of his past year. I went into the theater with no knowledge of the percy jackson canon and i spent two hours mildly entertained, slightly confused, and wholly underwhelmed. The film is loosely based on the lightning thief by rick riordan. Now, percy and his friends must embark on a crosscountry adventure to catch the true thief, save percys family, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
A teenager discovers hes the descendant of a greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. The lightning thief is a video game developed exclusively for the nintendo ds by the company activision. Percy jackson and the olympians riordan wiki fandom. In fact, watching shit get blown up promotes a wellrounded moviegoing childhood. Rowlings saga every step of the way to mount olympus, the film based on. Its a mission which leads to encounters with medusa uma thurman and a hydra that are full of secondrate special effects sound and fury as well as. Then he goes on a crazy quest to retrieve zeus stolen lightning bolt before the summer. Now that zeus loses his lightning bolt immediately places the blame on poseidon. The lightning thief 2010, was directed by chris columbus, and was released on february 12, 2010. The lightning thief has made a monumental accomplishment, as the most disappointing movie based on a best seller in the year 2010. The lightning thief book vs movie add a difference. The lightning thief is the first book in the percy jackson and the olympians series, a five book series for young readers by rick riordan. In new york city, zeus and poseidon meet at the top of the empire state building.
For someone who has not read the book otherwise the changes will irritate you and loves a good action film this is great. On a school trip to a museum, percy is attacked by alecto, a fury masquerading as his substitute english teacher, miss dodds, who demands the lightning bolt. Percy jackson, the lightning thief timeline timetoast timelines. Percy jackson and the olympians is the second series written by rick riordan, the first being tres navarres and the predecessor of the heroes of olympus series. When his lightning bolt is stolen, zeus accuses poseidons son percy jackson and gives poseidons son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. The lightning thief and its 20 sequel, percy jackson and the olympians. Okay, first, percy discovers he is a halfblood demigod and that his father is the sea god, poseidon. When he was on his way, luke was trying to stop him by attacking him. The gods can get pretty mean and bloody when they want to, and they seem to want to get mean and bloody a lot. The film switches the driving force behind percys quest so that hes trying solely to rescue his mother from the underworld rather than reclaim the bolt from hades. Zeus lightning bolt has been stolen, and percy is the prime suspect. Percy jackson, a twelveyearold boy with dyslexia and adhd, narrates the lightning thief. Young hero percy is now in high school rather than middle school.
Percy is a demigod, a halfgodhalfmortal child of poseidon. The movie begins with the camera panning over new york city, past coney island and along a pier. It stars logan lerman as the main character, percy jackson, alongside an ensemble cast which. At the release of the film, alexandra daddario was roughly six years older. While this is all going down, percy has just been kicked out yancy academy and is at the beach with his mother and grover. Percy must master his newfound skills in order to prevent a war between the gods that could devastate the entire world.
Percy jackson and the lightning thief by rick riordan. Our narrator, percy jackson, really cant go three feet without encountering someone or something that wants to kill him, pronto. On the first day of summer, just after his sixthgrade year, percy discovers that something is wrong with him. Meanwhile the teenager, percy, who is dyslexic and has adhd is visiting the museum of metropolitan of art and is attacked by a fury disguised in his teacher. Alongside his wisecracking best friend grover brandon t.
With his ron and hermione standins at his side, percy embarks on a quest to rescue his mom catherine keener, asked only to appear disheveled from hades and uncover the true lightning thief. Their was no mention of the mist in the film which in the books its mentioned, the mist covers up things such as grovers legs which could be quote confusing for people who have not seen the book. One of the films more effective changes is to jumpstart the plot, informing us right off the bat of the bad blood between zeus sean bean and. Jun 28, 2005 percy jackson and the lightning thief book. The lightning thief plot diagram by david pavlin on prezi. Jackson as grover underwood, jake abel as luke castellan, and pierce brosnan as chiron. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of athena, percy must journey across the united states to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction zeus master bolt.
The problem is not that the lightning thief makers eliminated or changed numerous key plot points and scenes, but that theyve done it without any particular grace or skill. Zeus sean bean and poseidon kevin mckidd meet atop the empire state building to discuss zeus missing lightning bolt. Percy is on his way to a greek museum for a field trip, and he is not very excited. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of percys mother. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of the lightning thief by rick riordan. Im a big fan of percy jackson and i have read the books. Chiron then finally tells percy about the reference to him as the lightning thief zeus lightning bolt is the most powerful weapon ever created. But i think anyone whos a fan of the percy jackson. It follows the adventures of twelveyearold percy jackson, a boy who discovers that he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the greek god poseidon. The gods can get pretty mean and bloody when they want to. The lightning thief look and act just like average. The whole plot of the movie rests on percy accidentally dropping the shield, which percy did innocently and not by any kind of design or planning. Feb 12, 2010 the problem is not that the lightning thief makers eliminated or changed numerous key plot points and scenes, but that theyve done it without any particular grace or skill.
Now, percy and his friends must embark on a crosscountry adventure to catch the true thief, save percy s family, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves. With a few changes, this doesnt have a major effect on the story until you factor in the escape from the lotus casino. The film is the first installment in the percy jackson film series and is based on the. Important events in the lightning thief pen and the pad. The lightning thief news, movie spoilers, casting info and more on. Based on greek mythology, it is the first book in the percy jackson and the olympians series. The plotting doesnt end there, however, not by a long shot. Instead, my first introduction to the percy jackson world was through the 2010 adaptation of the lightning thief. In aunty ems emporium, when medusa turns the older woman to stone, she has hold of annabeths wrist and annabeth cannot free herself. The lightning thief, was released in the united states on february 12, 2010 and had logan lerman as percy jackson, alexandra daddario as annabeth chase, brandon t. Today we will talk about the movie percy jackson and the olympians. Parents need to know that this movie is an agedup version of the percy jackson and the lightning thief book that common sense media recommends for readers 9 and up. The film ends with percy and annabeth reuniting with grover, who has grown horns.
Differences between the book and movie percy jackson. Rising action luke the lightning thief plot diagram percy found the bolt in his shield and was trying to bring it back to zeus before he began war. May 31, 20 just another excuse for you to get your drink on. Had he not dropped the shield, percy and the others would have been taken by the souls, hades would never have discovered the lightning bolt, and the plot of the movie unravels from there. This adaptation of rick riordans remarkably popular fantasy book series tells the tale of accidentprone teenager percy logan lerman, who discovers that hes actually a demigod, the son of poseidon, and he is needed when zeus lightning is stolen. He lives in new york city, and when the story begins, he is on a field trip to the metropolitan museum of art to see a grecoroman exhibit. He has been suspected of stealing the master bolt from zeus and it is up to him and his friends to prove. Little does he know this will be the most eventful field trip yet. The lightning thief 2010, was directed by chris columbus, and was released on.
The greek gods and modern touches in percy jackson and the olympians. The book follows percy as he is introduced to the world of modern greek gods. Zeus gives percy only fourteen days to return the bolt. Percy jackson lerman is startled to discover, after a monstrous attack by his maths teacher, that he is a. This article is about the book series, percy jackson and the olympians. One is percy jackson logan lerman, who is the teenage son of poseidon and sally jackson catherine keener. It takes quite a lot of different factors to make a good movie, such as acting and plot, but clearly someone picked up the wrong manual. The lightning thief also known as percy jackson and the lightning thief is a 2010 action fantasy film directed by chris columbus.
However, its pretty damn obvious even from the promotional posters that the lightning thief has taken more than mere inspiration from the harry potter. The film is directed by chris columbus, and costars uma thurman, pierce brosnan, and sean bean. The book deals with the theft of zeus master lightning bolt, a. Sep 19, 20 but i think anyone whos a fan of the percy jackson books can attest that the lightning thief film was absolutely horrible both as an adaptation and as a movie in general. He is just hoping he will not get into trouble like he normally does. Adaptation induced plot hole percy jackson and the olympians. The lightning thief, a wannabefranchise jumpstarter directed by chris columbus with the same flat, craneshotobsessed aesthetic blandness that he brought to his first two potter movie adaptations. What damns the lightning thief beyond redemption is the fact that, as written and portrayed, percy jackson makes a really uninteresting and bland hero, which makes the lightning thief the mildest bell pepper compared to a chiltepin like harry potter. The greek gods on mount olympus sometimes descend to earth to have children, you see, and these half god, half humans are demigods. With logan lerman, kevin mckidd, steve coogan, brandon t. Sea of monsters, was originally intended to be released in march 20 but was instead pushed back to august 7, 20, and was directed by thor freudenthal. With storm clouds brewing, percy embarks on an incredible crosscountry journey to prove his innocence, recover the bolt and prevent a war amongst the gods that could. The lightning thief, yet another kidlit adaptation hoping to steal some of harry potters thunder.
Percy jackson, the lightning thief timeline timetoast. The story begins with percy already in boarding school. The lightning thief is narrated in the first person past tense by percy jackson, a twelveyearold diagnosed with dyslexia and adhd. Its just a shame that its lost so much of the books brilliant storyline. Slavishly follows every rule of the kids fantasy franchise genre, but its. The main difference is summer camp, where kids are forced to play capturetheflag in leather breastplates and unflattering crested helmets. The series was distributed by 20th century fox, produced by 1492 pictures and consists of two installments. The lightning thief is based upon the first novel in the highly popular and similarlynamed fivebook series by rick riordan. Percy, grover and annabeth then steps on the pearls and got sent back to. Percy then realizes that ares tricked them, since he gave percy that backpack. While on a school trip to the metropolitan museum of art, one of the chaperones, mrs. The lightning thief in theaters february 2010 with hopes of starting a new harry pottersized film franchise.1029 1513 1412 203 60 1437 547 84 1116 255 1425 672 1387 637 1039 1471 1365 1392 609 51 94 1110 287 641 121 837 1365 255 931 1302 343 244 269 360 974 410 136 357 656 559 692 430 916