Percy Jackson is your basic 12 year old, that is, until he discovers that he is a half-blood [kind of like the half blood prince but not!] half human, half God. He goes to Camp Half Blood, a place where demi-Gods can be safe from attack and once there he learns he is the son of Poseidon at possibly the worst time to become the son of the sea God. Zeus’ master bolt has been stolen and Zeus is sure Poseidon is to blame.
Percy sets out to retrieve the bolt with Grover, the satyr, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena. The three embark on a trip to the underworld, via Los Angeles. The journey isn’t easy, and they must battle Medusa, deal with Ares and survive an attempted stretching. They soon discover that Zeus is not the only one who was robbed of a celestial object.
Can they retrieve the master bolt, the helm of darkness and Percy’s mother before the solstice and prevent a war?
I’m a very booky person, but I’m quite happy to say the film version of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a good film… it’s just not as good at the book! The film does have it’s good points. The actors playing Percy and Annabeth are older than they should be, but this does give it appeal to a wider audience. There are lots of famous faces popping up. Sean Bean as Zeus, Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, Rosario Dawson as Persephone… the list goes on. Uma Thurman proves she can act without even having her body present and Steve Coogan as an aging rocker Hades proves that he might just be an under the thumb house husband instead of lord of the underworld.
There are always massive chunks that have to be lost from books to fit them onto the silver screen, and unfortunately in this case there are some doozies. As I watched the film I made a list of things that made me smile from the books [and cringe, and cry, and scream… you get the idea!] that they had missed from the film. I’ve boiled it down to 12 top things that you’ll miss if you only watch the movie… there were over fifty so I’ve just picked my favourites.
- Percy getting claimed by Poseidon after capture the flag.
- Annabeth’s Yankees cap.
- Percy sending Medusa’s head to Mount Olympus.
- The fork tongued woman with her Chimera Chihuahua.
- Iris messaging.
- The diner with the biker.
- The tunnel of love with Godly reality TV.
- A truck full of wild animals.
- Annabeth and Luke’s back story.
- Crusty, the water bed salesman with a penchant for stretching people.
- Cerberus the giant Rottweiler puppy who plays fetch with Annabeth.
- Poseidon’s Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirt.
They are in no particular order, but by far the saddest omission is Cerberus… he seems so loveable in the book, and the hellhounds you get to see in the movie just don’t cut it!
Rick Riordan books are must reads for any adventure loving children [or adults] out there, so if you only pick one of the two, definitely make it the book.