While it doesn’t follow the book, ‘The Lightning Thief’ is very entertaining

Like last time I wrote a movie review, have I procrastinated horribly. Now that I’ve  I finally got around to writing, the movie has started to fade from my memory. But anyway, here is an informal review for the recent film “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”

“The Lightning Thief” (rated PG) is based on the book by Rick Riordan. And I must say, it is very loosely based on the book. I thoroughly enjoyed Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, and was eager to see the movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie was good– but it deviated from the plot rather badly, eliminating characters and events that added depth to the story and furthered the relations to Greek mythology.

On the actor’s performances: I’d say they did a good job, especially the lead: Logan Lerman, playing the title character, Percy Jackson. Percy isn’t an easy role, but young Lerman did excellently. Alexandra Daddario, who played Percy’s fellow half-blood and friend Annabeth, did well enough, although, speaking as a fan of the book series, the movie Annabeth’s personality was quite a bit different from the original.

Despite the story’s differences, “the Lightning Thief” was entertaining and fun for both those who have and haven’t read the books. Both the movie and books are an excellent incentive for reluctant students to read the original Greek myths.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 total stars.

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