Pros: Lots of fun action and adventure, myths come alive, Umadusa!
Cons: Just a popcorn movie. But that's okay.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) Directed by Chris Columbus from the novel by Rick Riordan
"Is it me or is it raining cows?" Grover.
Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager with Dyslexia and ADHD is even harder (believe me, I know.) Being a teenager with Dyslexia and ADHD and a stepdad you don't like is the pits (hey, I should sue for stealing my life...). But Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) has far more problems than that. You know how you had that one teacher you thought was a harpy? Mrs. Dodds (Maria Olsen) really is! Percy discovers he is a demigod, his father is Poseidon, and the world of the Olympians thinks he has stolen Zeus' thunderbolt.
It is a race to reach a place of safety, with Percy, his friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) who is really a satyr assigned to protect him, and his mom (Catherine Keener) versus the Minotaur. Mom loses.
The world Percy wakes up in is the ultimate summer camp; Camp Half Blood. There he is told many of the missing pieces of his puzzling life by Chiron (Pierce Brosnon, who wears a horse's @$$ rather well). He meets two other half bloods in particular, Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) daughter of Athena and Luke (Jake Abel) son of Hermes.
But he is quickly lured out of hiding by Hades (Steve Coogan) who has his mother; she was not killed, but kidnapped. He will trade her for the Lightning Bolt.
Being blessed with ADHD, there is no way he is going to do anything except go on a suicide mission to save her. Grover and Annabeth are going along. And they get a little help from Luke, whose father is the psychopomp (guide of the dead souls to the underworld), and therefore knows the ways in and out of Hades.
There are of course a few quests to go on first, to secure what they need. There always are. The Medusa (Uma Thurman in a wonderful role) the Hydra, and the Lotus Eaters to defeat, all just to get to Hades, and they still don't have the bolt to trade. Can Percy save his mom, and stop a war between the gods?
This movie has some obvious plot holes and a few problems that any critic could tear apart in detail. But why? This is not Clash of the Titans. It is not even Harry Potter, though I know it wishes it could be. This is an action adventure romp for Kids, and it delivers the goods in buckets; lots of action, lots of adventures, and really cool stuff, the Pen that is as Mighty as the Sword, the flying sneakers of Hermes, and superpowers like breathing water.
It also has a great score, working in songs from Classical, to Lady Gaga.
The action is great, the special effects work (Grover the satyr can dance! And look great doing it.) And there is a budding romance (Annabeth, of course) hampered by their parent's hostility to one another "I definitely have strong feelings for you. I just haven't decided if they're positive or negative yet."
And the performances; Rosario Dawson as the benighted Persephone, reluctant Queen of Hades, Steve Coogan as her Mick Jaggerish husband "What could possibly be taking you so long?" "What! What are you going to do to me? I'm already in Hell!"
But Uma Thurman as Medusa; what a delight; a classic cool beauty, that b*tch can even make snakes work for her. And the campy creepy villainess is one of the definite highpoints of the movie.
Of course, most of the movie rests on Logan Lerman's young shoulders, and his two traveling companions, and while none of them are a Dakota or a Halley Joel, they pull their roles off nicely.
Ultimately what you have is a movie kids will adore, and that their parents can enjoy as well. I call that a win in my book.
This is entered in Captain D's Good Movie Write Off.
Percy Jackson and THE OLYMPIANS
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Titan's Curse
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Last Olympian
The Heroes of Olympus
The Lost Hero
The Son of Neptune
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.