When I found out this movie was about Greek mythology, I got very interested in watching this movie as I am a fan of the genre, since I have fond memories of watching old classics like Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. I have to say I was disappointed that this has been produced with a teen audience in mind. I guess this probably stems from the fact the movie is based on a series of Percy Jackson books.
I suppose this movie is a good introduction for the younger crowd to Greek mythology, something that has always fascinated me when I was growing up. I mean who doesn’t like monsters and a fantasy world when they’re growing up, and Greek mythology has it all.
The Lightning Thief revolves around Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), your average American teenager, who thinks he’s dyslexic, little realising he’s actually way above most mortal human beings, as he is a demi-god, a child born to a human and a god, and in this case, Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), the Greek god of the seas. A war is about to erupt amongst the gods, as someone has stolen the Lightening Bolt from the all powerful Zeus (Sean Bean), and it’s a battle that will cost the humans dearly. All fingers point to Percy Jackson as the thief, and so begins an adventure for the young hero. This adventure will take him on a path to realise his true destiny, that of a semi-god. Percy Jackson must prove his innocence as well as stop the upcoming war between the gods, whilst he battles enemies that stand in his way in the form of the Hydra, Minotaur and Medusa etc.
Overall, it isn’t too bad a film, and like I mentioned above, it is aimed at the teen market. They will certainly enjoy this mythical fantasy feature, but for me, although it was watchable it wasn’t my cup of tea, as I couldn’t quite understand why a movie has a teen American audience in mind, with a large British cast based on a Greek mythology, it just doesn’t add up.
I think I’ll wait for the next fantasy film to come out, Clash of the Titans, which could be a visually stunning film as it’s due for release in 3D.