PLOT SUMMARY: Kid finds out he’s a half-god. Action ensues.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Kid visits hell for nothing.
PEOPLE: Directed by Chris Columbus, who directed I Love You, Beth Cooper, 2 Harry Potter movies, Adventures In Babysitting, Home Alone, produced the Fantastic Four movies, and wrote Gremlins and The Goonies.
Starring Logan Lerman (Simon in the movie Gamer, Robin Sparrow in The Number 23, The Patriot, What Women Want) as Percy Jackson, who I want to punch in the face approximately the same as Harry Potter, but possibly not quite as much. Or maybe more. It just depends on the moment. Token black horny sidekick played by Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder). The hot chick / love interest role is played by Alexandra Daddario, who needs more movie roles, and has amazing eyes.
Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Clerks 2, Grindhouse, Kids, Men In Black 2 The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto) has never looked hotter as Persephone. Seriously–I actually didn’t realize it was her because she was too hot. She was clocking in at an 8.5-9.5/10. And we get Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) as well. And Uma Thurman as an unlikely Medusa!
QUIRKS: Based on books. Fantasy action. Modern-world / mythical world duality.
SIMILAR MOVIES: This movie is best described as Harry Potter meets Clash Of The Titans.
VISUALS: High-budget special effects… And a seemingly LSD-influenced scene. Really one of the most drug-influenced scenes I’d seen in awhile.
SOUNDTRACK: Poker Face? Glad I didn’t notice… Ke$ha? Ugh. Fortunately I don’t mind bad music in movies nearly as much as I mind it in my music player :)
MORALS: It’s okay to kill your ex-stepdad if he’s an asshole. [Not really the point of the movie, but this was a funny observation.]
BAD STUFF: Definitely not as rich of a world as Harry Potter. A few awkward moments. It possibly tries a bit too hard at times.
CONCLUSION: We like fantasy, and this was a crisp, polished fantasy production. It had its flaws, but we were entertained nonetheless. Would enjoy this becoming a franchise with many sequels. Mythology is pretty cool.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.8/10, Netflix: 4.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.5/5 stars–interesting that this is so much lower than the average rating). Strange that our IMDB ratings are above the prevailing average, but our Netflix ratings are below the prevailing average.
RECOMMENDATION: For fantasy lovers.
MOVIE QUOTE: Grover: [holding up the Medusa head] Guys, I can’t pee with her watching!
COINCIDENCES: TRIPLE COINCIDENCE TYPE: (real life, Percy Jackson & The Olympians:The Lightning Thief) 2 hr movie we’re watching has a task having to be completed by midnight of the summer solstice. It’s 10PM and tonight’s the solstice! Also, Tik Tok by Ke$ha was in this movie and Carolyn had just sent a Star Trek music video using that song earlier today (and I was surprised I knew what it was then–apparently it was the non-Simpsons-Theme Simpsons intro a bit back). Also, a character’s name is Hades, and the computer playing the movie’s name is Hades too.
Music: Danzig – White Devil Rise