Friday, February 26, 2010

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and Its Greek Roots

This movie, "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," is based on the popular first book of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series grounded on the concept that some Greek mythological characters live among us in places like New York City and Las Vegas, and would sometimes train in "Camp Half-Blood."

The main character is Percy Jackson, a demigod, son of Poseidon, born to his human mother. ("Percy" stands for Perseus.) Because Poseidon is the god of water; Percy also has power over water. (In Greek legend, Perseus is actually son of Zeus.) He's played by Logan Lerman.

In the story, gods like Poseidon aren't allowed to see their children, for fear that they might become human. The same holds true for Annabelle, feisty daughter of Athena.

Annabelle helps Percy on his quest to plead Hades for his mother for his kidnapped in mother the depths of Hell, a tunnel in the Hollywood Hills. Her archery and battle skills aid in the journey. Athena, goddess mother of Annabelle, is the goddess most famous for strategy and wisdom. She's acted by Alexandra Daddario

Another key character is Grover, a satyr sent to protect Percy. He is half-human, half-goat, played by Brandon T. Jackson.

Medusa is portrayed as a lonely menace who is slain by Perseus and later used as a weapon in the original Greek myths as well as in the movie's plot.

Furies, minotaurs, centaurs, and other elements of Greek mythology are incorporated into the story.

The movie could be a good source of Greek tales mixed in with its own story. It has gotten mixed reviews, and as always, the book that it is based has different details.

Read Rubina's story to see the movie compares to the original books.

By Brigette W.

Sources: "Percy Jackson & the Olympians : The Lightning Thief", official movie website, Greek myths

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