OBS Staff Member Katie shares her initial reaction to her viewing of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
I’m normally not one to be to picky when a book gets made into a movie. Yes, some things bother me, but I don’t let them really change my opinion on the movie. I tend to separate the two things. Well not this time, after coming home from seeing “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”, I have to say I’m completely disappointed. The movie was absolutely nothing like the book. It might as well have a different title. When talking just about the movie, I think it was good, but I just can’t get past all the things they changed. To me a lot of the things were very unnecessary.
(SPOILERS DON’T READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS)
So here are the things that bug me the most. Lets start from the beginning of the movie and let me just add if a movie is different from the book from the very start, then that is just setting up the movie to go down hill. Anyways I really wish they would have kept the books beginning. With Percy learning all about Greek, that way when he was at the museum in the movie, he actually looks like he cares and knows something, instead of just listening to his iPod. Also I wish they would have had the scene where Percy over hears Grover and Mr. Brunner talking. But one of the things that bothers me the most is how Percy finds out who his dad is, in the movie they just out right know! I don’t like that at all. I guess I understand that by them just knowing it cuts out a few scenes and leaves them with more time to do other things. Still doesn’t mean I like it though. Another thing I really disliked was Percy not getting the quest. The last big thing that bothered me was Luke and why he stole the lightning bolt. Other things got on my nerves like how they got the pearls, what they did with medusas head, the flying shoes, talking to Luke on the phone; instead of through the rainbow, and how Percy’s mom came back from the Underworld. I guess that’s it for my rant. I can’t give everything away. Even though there are some more things that bother me. I guess I just really had high hopes for this movie, I even stayed up till 4 am last night to finish the first book. I guess I learned my lesson, maybe I should watch the movie first, then read the books.