Sunday, May 1, 2011

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
Distributed by Fox
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2010.

Plot Description:
            Percy Jackson didn’t know he was a demi-god, the son of the god Poseidon. But after a school trip where his teacher attacks him and he is chased by the minator to Camp Half Blood he has no choice but to believe.  Unfortunately not he is being accused of stealing Zeus’s master bolt, and must set out on a quest to prove his innocence.  But will he be able to do it in time?

            The movie has some stark differences from the book.  It is still well acted and fun for tweens, but those who are dedicated to the book might be annoyed by the changes between the two.  I thought that the movie was a fun experience, with lots of action and adventure.  It is a great epic about the Greek gods which will entertain tweens young and old.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Viewing level: 4th-all grades

Similar Movies: Inkheart, Harry Potter

Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- Good but the differences from the book were unnecessary
Subjects/themes- Gods, Friendship, Greek Mythology, Adventure, Quest
Character names/descriptions-
            Percy Jackson- 12 year old son of Poseidon, thought to be the one who will bring
down the gods
            Annabelle- daughter of Athena, helps Percy on his quest
            Grover- Percy’s protector
            Chiron- Teacher at Camp Half Blood
            Luke- son of Hades who pretends to be Percy’s friend
Annotation: Sometimes being a demi-god can be a curse.

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