Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I totally forgot to review a film that I wasn’t planning to watch at all, but did, and enjoyed quite a bit – “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (by the way, is that the longest movie titles ever or what?).

I saw the trailer and thought that this film would exploit parents’ love for their children and good memories of epic fairy tales, such as Harry Potter & Co.  But my wife wanted to see it too much and I couldn’t say no, and there was no better choice, so we went.

I was surprised as to how much I actually enjoyed it.  There was a rather straight-forward story, but it was wrapped with lots of excellent visual effects, some humor, and an amazing cast.  I think the movie was way under-promoted for all the good work that went into it.  Maybe they ran out of money, who knows.   That’s not important.  The fact that it is solid, light, and provides good entertainment is important on the other hand.

4 out of 5.  Enjoy it on a big screen, but if you missed it – rent or buy a DVD.  You can watch it several times.



Just watched “The Matador“, which turned out to be an entertaining movie.  It’s one of those few films which switches back and forward all the time.  The moment you think that this is going to be a spy movie, the spy atmosphere disappears.  Then you assume it’ll have some action, and all action is gone.  Then you start seeing drama in it, and the moment you realize that, the drama changes into comedy.  But the second you smile wide for a joke, the jokes are gone and the film goes into something else.  The story twists, the genre changes, the tempo swings back and side.  And that all makes it interesting to watch.

Technically, it’s done nicely.  There are only a few characters and they are played well.  Directing is nice.  Camera is nice.  Sound score is nice.  There is nothing there which is exceptional or amazing, but whatever is there is of a good quality and fits nicely with the rest of the parts.

Overall rating, 4 stars.  Solid good.