Part of the reason movies such as Percy Jackson exists these days is all thanks to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise. And by now we know the drill when it comes to such movies; how there’s a chosen individual who’s gotta save the world with the help of his trusty sidekicks. Even though there are dozens of these newly inspired flicks, that doesn’t take away from the fact that in their own way, these movies are slightly charming.
The movie is such that there isn’t much to say about it. If you’ve seen the trailer then you have a pretty good idea about what to expect. Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, gets blamed for some reason or another, for having stolen Zeus’s lightning bolt. He didn’t, but to prove so and save the world (because Zeus is going to destroy the world if he doesn’t get his weapon back) he must go on a quest, after a short training session in a camp where other demigod teens reside, and then embarks on his journey with two friends. Along the way Percy and company meet the friendly likes of Medusa, played by Uma Thurman, the Hydra, and Hades just to name a few. I won’t spoil the ending of the movie, though I’m sure you can guess how it finishes.
Be that as it may, the movie moves at a fairly quick pace, and up and coming star Logan Lerman does a pretty good job with the role, given the script he’s forced to work with. That said, the movie is not good, but also not terrible. The movie is pretty clinical in its delivery, with nothing new being presented to the audience. If the fantasy was perhaps more fantastical, then Percy Jackson could have the potential to stand alone…but it doesn’t.
I’ll admit, it must be tough to make such movies in the wake of Harry Potter and all that nonsense, but that doesn’t excuse barely passable screenwriting. If you’re going to make a fantasy flick then you should strive it make it more than just mediocre entertainment. That said, the fights are decent, for a PG movie, and the one scene I enjoyed more than perhaps any of the others features Percy and the gang in Las Vegas, tripping out on magical Lotus leaves while the camera whirls around them and Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ plays in the background. Sure, it’s ridiculous, but I enjoy ridiculous.
I find it important to note that Logan Lerman is being contemplated to play Spider-Man in the upcoming movie of everyone’s favorite web-head. Honestly, considering the choices we’ve been given, ranging from people such as Joe Jonas to Zac Efron, with Joseph-Gordon Levitt being the only respectable actor on the list, Lerman looks that, if given the right script and director, he could pull it off…just saying.