Percy Jackson Lacks Spark
Harry Potter clone falls short of Olympian ambitions
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2010 5:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – Critics are pretty disappointed with Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The Harry Potter-esque romp, directed by Chris Columbus, follows a boy who discovers not just that he has powers, but that the Greek gods are alive in America.

  • The film "has no real pep to it as Columbus moves from one special-effects sequence to the next, and as an effects film it is perhaps the first clear casualty in a post-Avatar world: Everything looks somewhat cheesy," writes Tom Long for the Detroit News.

  • Rick Groen of the Globe and Mail calls Percy Jackson a "Potter knock-off right down to that mouthful of a title."
  • The flick "has all the CGI sorcery of a Harry Potter pic, but none of the magic," Adam Markovitz writes for Entertainment Weekly.
  • At least one viewer finds Percy somewhat enjoyable: Columbus "has brought together the modern and mythical spheres with sharp pacing and a nifty sense of fun that atone for the film's dippier moments," writes Amy Biancolli for the Houston Chronicle.

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Feb 21, 2010 1:20 AM CST
The Lightning Thief was very boring and childish. The CGI in it was very fake and cheesy looking. The only good thing in the movie was the humor of one of the characters (Grover). When all the other characters tried to be funny it wasn't funny. I thought the action would be better then the humor but I was wrong. The thing I argued about with my friends the most was about the greek mythology. They don't even talk about Pluto or Jupiter. Over all I'd give Lightning Thief a D+.
Feb 14, 2010 5:03 AM CST
my son brought home the book, titled something about "sea monsters" or something. I found it very well written for an adolescent reader. It even kept my attention. The movie seems to expand on it. I wouldn't mind watching it with my son.
Feb 13, 2010 12:35 PM CST
Was Percy one of the Jackson Five???