Today's Tween Tuesday will be a movie review, since my husband and I went to see Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief over the weekend.
Both my husband and I are big fans of the books, but it's been a few years since I read the first one and my husband re-read the books about a month ago. But even with his recent refresher and my lack of remembering what was from the book and what was new, we really enjoyed it!
I thought the casting was great-I loved all the actors, even though they aged-up the characters and cut out some of the gods. They did cut out Ares, which annoyed my husband, and the rest of the gods didn't have very big scenes-I would have liked to see them a little more. I really loved Grover-I think he was my favorite and exactly how I pictured him. And I really loved the casting of Luke-he was perfect, which made me happy, because the audiobook narrator's voice for Luke just isn't right-movie Luke was more right.
Yes, it was different than the book, but we both felt it maintained the feel of the book. It wasn't as witty and snarky, which we would have liked, but it was still lots of fun. As we were leaving, a tween in front of us said "that was way more epic than the book!" and we both agreed.
We went with some friends who haven't read the books and they both thought it was good, so even if you know someone who hasn't read the books, I think the movie is still enjoyable. They didn't set it up to continue to the series, so I'm not sure if they'll make more movies from the books, but there was still enough to keep it going if the studio decides to continue. But it was nice to not have a cliffhanger or something that would leave non-book fans feeling lost.
Overall, it was a fun movie and one of the better book to movie adaptations to come along recently.
Did you see Percy Jackson? What are your thoughts?