Percy jackson and the lightning thief by rick riordan. Percy is a demigod, a halfgodhalfmortal child of poseidon. The book deals with the theft of zeus master lightning bolt, a. Young hero percy is now in high school rather than middle school. 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. In fact, watching shit get blown up promotes a wellrounded moviegoing childhood. While on a school trip to the metropolitan museum of art, one of the chaperones, mrs. Zeus lightning bolt has been stolen, and percy is the prime suspect. The lightning thief also known as percy jackson and the lightning thief is a 2010 action fantasy film directed by chris columbus. The series was distributed by 20th century fox, produced by 1492 pictures and consists of two installments. 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. It takes quite a lot of different factors to make a good movie, such as acting and plot, but. Grover comes along later, as percy is keeping medusa busy, and breaks the arm of the statue that is holding annabeth near the elbow. The lightning thief 2010, was directed by chris columbus, and was released on february 12, 2010.
The new adaptation follows in the wake of 2010s percy jackson and the olympians. Percy jackson, a twelveyearold boy with dyslexia and adhd, narrates the lightning thief. Hes accused of stealing zeuss lightning bolt and sets out to retrieve it from hades in order to clear his name. 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. The lightning thief 2010, was directed by chris columbus, and was released on. The lightning thief, yet another kidlit adaptation hoping to steal some of harry potters thunder. The greek gods and modern touches in percy jackson and the olympians.
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. The lightning thief plot diagram by david pavlin on prezi. The lightning thief is based upon the first novel in the highly popular and similarlynamed fivebook series by rick riordan. 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 is a video game developed exclusively for the nintendo ds by the company activision. You may be looking for the character, video game, the film adaptation, or the film soundtrack. 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. Percy is on his way to a greek museum for a field trip, and he is not very excited. Instead, my first introduction to the percy jackson world was through the 2010 adaptation of the lightning thief. 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. On the first day of summer, just after his sixthgrade year, percy discovers that something is wrong with him. 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. The lightning thief is narrated in the first person past tense by percy jackson, a twelveyearold diagnosed with dyslexia and adhd.
Based on greek mythology, it is the first book in the percy jackson and the olympians series. 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. Its the 21st century, but the gods of mount olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student percy jacksons greek mythology texts and into his life. While this is all going down, percy has just been kicked out yancy academy and is at the beach with his mother and grover. Twelveyearold percy jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. Percy then realizes that ares tricked them, since he gave percy that backpack. Differences between the book and movie percy jackson.
Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of percys mother. For someone who has not read the book otherwise the changes will irritate you and loves a good action film this is great. Percy, grover and annabeth then steps on the pearls and got sent back to. The lightning thief is a 2005 fantasyadventure, young adult novel by american author rick riordan. 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. With logan lerman, kevin mckidd, steve coogan, brandon t. Percy jackson, the lightning thief timeline timetoast.
The book follows percy as he is introduced to the world of modern greek gods. 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. 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. The lightning thief essays are academic essays for citation. He is twelve years old, and he decides to tell us the story of his past year. He is just hoping he will not get into trouble like he normally does. Zeus knows that it not possible so he placed it on the person that can, percy jackson. The film is directed by chris columbus, and costars uma thurman, pierce brosnan, and sean bean. 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 lightning thief look and act just like average.
With a few changes, this doesnt have a major effect on the story until you factor in the escape from the lotus casino. Annabeth is able to easily pry the statues severed arms grip from her wrist, even though the fingers and thumb. The lightning thief has made a monumental accomplishment, as the most disappointing movie based on a best seller in the year 2010. Chiron then finally tells percy about the reference to him as the lightning thief zeus lightning bolt is the most powerful weapon ever created. Percy jackson lerman is startled to discover, after a monstrous attack by his maths teacher, that he is a. 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 main difference is summer camp, where kids are forced to play capturetheflag in leather breastplates and unflattering crested helmets.
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. It stars logan lerman as the main character, percy jackson, alongside an ensemble cast which. The lightning thief news, movie spoilers, casting info and more on. He has been suspected of stealing the master bolt from zeus and it is up to him and his friends to prove. One is percy jackson logan lerman, who is the teenage son of poseidon and sally jackson catherine keener. The plotting doesnt end there, however, not by a long shot. The story follows percy jackson discovering his godly heritage. 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.
Important events in the lightning thief pen and the pad. 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. This article is about the book series, percy jackson and the olympians. 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. 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. The gods can get pretty mean and bloody when they want to. The story begins with percy already in boarding school. Zeus sean bean and poseidon kevin mckidd meet atop the empire state building to discuss zeus missing lightning bolt. Zeus gives percy only fourteen days to return the bolt. The movie begins with the camera panning over new york city, past coney island and along a pier. But i think anyone whos a fan of the percy jackson. May 31, 20 just another excuse for you to get your drink on. 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.
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. Percy jackson, the lightning thief timeline timetoast timelines. The lightning thief was released on the nintendo ds on february 11, 2010. 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. 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 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. Its just a shame that its lost so much of the books brilliant storyline. Jackson as grover underwood, jake abel as luke castellan, and pierce brosnan as chiron. The gods can get pretty mean and bloody when they want to, and they seem to want to get mean and bloody a lot. 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.
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. 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. A teenager discovers hes the descendant of a greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Then he goes on a crazy quest to retrieve zeus stolen lightning bolt before the summer.
Percy must master his newfound skills in order to prevent a war between the gods that could devastate the entire world. Lets go to the movies scientific analysis, discussion and freakouts about film. Alongside his wisecracking best friend grover brandon t. Zeuss lightning bolt has been stolen, and percy is the prime suspect. 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. At the release of the film, alexandra daddario was roughly six years older. 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. Jun 28, 2005 percy jackson and the lightning thief book. 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. The greek gods on mount olympus sometimes descend to earth to have children, you see, and these half god, half humans are demigods.
Im a big fan of percy jackson and i have read the books. I wanted to enjoy it because of the director and some of the actors. Slavishly follows every rule of the kids fantasy franchise genre, but its. The lightning thief had so much potential of being a good film, but it turns out to be mediocre. The lightning thief in theaters february 2010 with hopes of starting a new harry pottersized film franchise. 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. Our narrator, percy jackson, really cant go three feet without encountering someone or something that wants to kill him, pronto. The lightning thief and its 20 sequel, percy jackson and the olympians.
Adaptation induced plot hole percy jackson and the olympians. The film is the first installment in the percy jackson film series and is based on the. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of the lightning thief by rick riordan. Rowlings saga every step of the way to mount olympus, the film based on. In aunty ems emporium, when medusa turns the older woman to stone, she has hold of annabeths wrist and annabeth cannot free herself. In new york city, zeus and poseidon meet at the top of the empire state building. 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. Today we will talk about the movie percy jackson and the olympians. The film is loosely based on the lightning thief by rick riordan.400 1007 167 1398 567 1378 701 1160 404 439 919 1 485 1240 1173 1477 1474 184 608 319 1285 570 118 886 384 972 707 1363 902 106 82 1033 403