Sunday, March 15, 2015
Watched - Percy Jackson / The Lightning Thief
Rated PG, 118 minutes
'A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.'
I read this book recently, finally, and enjoyed it enough that I was very much looking forward to watching the movie. Well, I watched it last night and . . . wow. They kept the most basic bits of needed info from the book and pretty much made a whole new story out of it. Wow. Yeah, movies are often different than their book version but usually it's a change in a scene or something. Not the whole dang story.
I've had some time to think about the movie vs. the book now. The movie does flow quicker and smoother than the storyline in the book. I suppose in that way, it works. It keeps moving along and has a more 'fun' vibe about it that probably appeals to the intended crowd. But it also made their adventure seem way too easy. They have someone who tells them all they need to know, gives them tools and a map, and sends them on their way. The map tells them exactly where they need to go each step of the way. They have a vehicle the entire way. They check into motels. It's just way too easy.
I did like Grover in the movie but even there, they changed so much. In the book he's a bumbling nervous type. In the movie he's all perky and confident and quite the ladies man.
It was quite funny to me that Annabeth was the one character in the book I had a hard time liking, and she ended up being the one I hated most in the movie. I think it was the actress though. These kids are supposed to be about 12 years old in the book. Why did the movie version of her look like a 20 year old hooker?
There was no mention of Kronos anywhere in the movie. And Luke was acting alone in the movie. I'm curious now to see how the second movie will be. I'm still reading that book though, so it'll be a little bit before I watch that movie.
So, as a movie, I did like this. I'm just rather bummed they changed SO much.