Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

Bf and I were supposed to watch this movie during its opening week run but because I was sick we only got to watch it last Sunday.

"Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" is based on a book written by Rick Riordan.

Rick Riordan has a second grade son who has ADHD and Dyslexia. To help his son who was studying Greek methodology for second grade , he would tell bedtime stories to his son based on Greek myths. When he ran out of stories to tell, he came out with new stories based on Greek mythology in a modern setting - thus the character of Percy Jackson was born.

Percy Jackson like Riordan's son was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia and has been expelled from many schools. On a recent school field trip to the museum he was attacked by a Fury disguising as one of his teachers asking Percy about the lightning bolt stolen from Zeus.

Percy who has no knowledge about the lightning bolt was rescued by his teacher Mr. Brunner, his Latin teacher who was a centaur and by his friend Grover who was a satyr and his protector. Mr. Brunner instructed Grover to accompany Sally (Percy's mom ) and Percy to Camp Half-Blood.

On the way to the camp, Percy, Sally and Grover were attacked by the minotaur. Because his mother cannot go through the camp because she's a mortal, she was caught by the minotaur and disappeared. Percy made used of his magical pen that turned to a sword given by his teacher to kill the minotaur.

Camp Half Blood is the training ground for demigods. It was here where he met Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena and Luke Castellan, the son of Hermes.

It was in camp that Percy learned that he was the son of Poseidon - the god of water, and it was in camp where he discovered his powers.

Hades attacked Camp Half Blood and revealed to Percy that he had Percy's mom as prisoner. Hades will free Percy's mom in exchange for the powerful Lightning Bolt of Zeus.

Percy with the aid of his friends Annabeth and Grover embarked on a journey to save Percy's mom and to travel to Olympus to convince Zeus that it was not Percy who stole the god's lightning bolt.

I will not go into details about the rest of the story but I certainly enjoyed the movie and I was entertained. Students who find the study of Greek mythology to be boring, will definitely find Greek mythology as something interesting. The movie renewed my fancy for Greek myths. It made me be re-acquainted with Medusa, Persephone, other greek gods and mythology creatures.

The movie is fast-pace and there is no dull moment. "The Lightning Thief" is the first book of the five fantasy novel on Percy Jackson.

I'm so excited for the next movie installment and I'm looking forward to how the other gods and mythical creatures will be presented in the coming films.


Gracie said...

Ay napanood ko rin ito sister. Super ganda ng effects. Sulit ang bayad. hehehe. Siguro may kasunod ito. Like ko kasi kwento ng mga demigods eh. hahaha

reyapot said...

i was not able to watch the movie, but i am reading the book right now..

kaya di ko binasa ng buo ang post mo sis hehe.. kasi nandun pa lng ako sa part na nalaman ni percy na si poseidon ang tatay nya hehehe...

the book is nice too.. maybe u should read it din.. the other books of percy jackson and the olympian were all out in bookstore already.. check mo na lang din..

btw, now showing yung blog ko dito sa EC.. thanks for approving my avert request..

i hope u can visit my blogs too.. see u!


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