Nowadays the trend seems to be adapting young adult books into movies and hoping that they become gold mines for everyone involved. That statement alone brings us to director Chris Columbus’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, try saying that ten times fast and tell me how you do. By the way, Columbus is known for the first two Harry Potter movies…yeah, now you know what to expect at least.
Now I’ve never read the books and have honestly no intention for ever doing so, probably because I am way over the age limit, but that’s besides the point. The point, is that we are getting yet another movie that features some unfortunate/misunderstood youngster who realizes that he/she’s destined for greatness…as though we haven’t had about a billion of those movies in the last decade alone, much less the entire history of cinema, but hey, these sorts of flicks make money and that is one of the main things Hollywood cares about.
The trailer itself looks pretty snazzy, up until the final few seconds where it looks like you just entered Disneyworld from the wrong entrance on a stormy day, after having smoked a ton of cocaine. That said, I’ll probably drag myself over the theater on February 12 just for grins and giggles. But I don’t want to put this movie down for the count quite yet, for if you take a peak at the cast, then you just might be impressed. Starring the likes of Uma Thurman as Medusa and Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, the apparent keeper of a museum. Logan Lerman, who you might recognize as that kid from Gamer, and 3:10 to Yuma, is actually a pretty decent actor, and so I have a small inkling of hope that this movie just might, if done correctly, turn out good.
Oh and upon re-watching the trailer, “Olympus” shares way too many similarities with that new Mickey Mouse game that had everyone excited until they saw the screenshots for the game. Watch the damn trailer if you don’t believe me.