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Books Turned to Movies: Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief 02/14/2010

Posted by PinoyMan in Books Turned to Movies.
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the movie...

... based from the book

I think mythology is making a comeback.  When I was a kid, mythology-based movies with stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen was the rage: Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts and the best of them all — Clash of the Titans.  Then somehow these types of movies silently disappeared.

Fast forward to 2010.  Now, two mythology-based movies are in the line-up.  The recently shown Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief and the soon-to-be-summer blockbuster and remake of the 1981 hit, Clash of the Titans (starring Sam Worthington of Avatar fame).

But back to Percy.  We’ll review Clash when the time comes. I haven’t read any Percy books and probably never will but I liked the movie.  The beginning was somewhat typical of any story involving a loser-type kid who later eventually discovered that he’s really special and then goes on a quest to the save the world.  What really sets this movie apart is the seamless integration of Greek mythology in its modern plot.  Fans will surely enjoy the appearances and references to several mythological events and characters throughout the movie.


There’s just one thing that worries me.  Somewhere in the middle of story, they encounter a hydra which they defeated by showing the decapitated head of medusa.  For those of you who have watched the original Clash of the Titans, this was the same way that Perseus defeated the Kraken at the end.  I’m not sure if the remake will do the same thing but what worries me is that some of the newer fans might think that Clash is ripping off Percy when it’s the other way around.


Anyway, enough griping already.  What’s important is that the movie is enjoyable and sequel-worthy.  BTW, this movie has a big supporting cast!  So keep your eyes peeled 🙂



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