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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Melina Kanakaredes, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman, Jake Abel, Sean Bean, Catherine Keener, Kevin McKidd, Joe Pantoliano, Maria Olsen
Screenplay by Craig Titley
Based on the novel by Rick Riordan
Directed by Chris Columbus

IN SHORT: Boys'll love it. Parents won't be bored. [Rated . minutes]

Grover the Satyr (Brandon T. Jackson)
Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), Daughter of Athena (Melina Kanakaredes)
Chiron the Centaur/Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan)
Hades, God of the Underworld (Steve Coogan), his wife Persephone (Rosario Dawson)
Medusa (Uma Thurman)
Luke, Son of Hermes (Jake Abel)
Zeus (Sean Bean)
Poseidon/ Dad  (Kevin McKidd)

sub teacher Mrs Dodds (Maria Olsen) who turns out to be a Fury dispatched to do damage to Percy

Tell us if you've heard this one:

Sea-breathing roalty and human mate to produce a son who draws power from the water and can fly thanks to wings at his ankles.

If you're a male past the age of thirty you should immediately think of Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Created in 1939 by Bill Everett and a fixture of Marvel Comics (in "modern times" an enemy of the Fantastic Four) ever since. The rest of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief owes as much to Harry Potter -- demigod school equals magic  school, only with more physical battle -- as it does to director Chris Columbus, who directed the first adaptations of the Potter opus. [That's just us being Cranky. On with the real story . . .]

Who this best selling Percy Jackson is we couldn't tell you. His ankle wings are attached to a pair of sneakers and it is the Greek god Poseiden who is the royal in the parenta pair (as opposed to Atlantis' Princess Fen for Namor). OTT, the two characters have little in common and this Percy guy, and his crew, are entertaining in their own way. That we thought said crew reeks of Harry Potter lookalike-itis is true when we started writing but, once we pondered a bit, it was inevitable that the hero would have a guy friend and a femme friend so ignore that.

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is one unhappy kid. His mom, Sally (Catherine Keener), is meek. His stepfather, Gabe Ugliano (Joe Pantoliano), is an abusive slob. Percy himself is afflicted with dyslexia and Attention Deficit disorder/ ADHD.


On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, he would have paid . . .


Given that Cranky is verging on the old fart stage of life, our biggest problem with PJ was not letting the back of our brain waste its time confusing us with comparing the names given by the Romans and the Greeks before them to the same gods. PJ utilizes the Greek canon and, for the rest of the parental aged units out there, if learning those names was part of the basic middle school (or earlier) education, you'll be OK. Knowing the names, or not, won't get in the way of enjoying the film.

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