Hi friends, and happy Saturday!
If you were around last summer, then you’ll already know that I recently started my Riordanverse journey with reading the Percy Jackson series for the first time (and I wrote a whole post on it!). Much like the rest of the world, I very quickly fell in with that world, wishing away my days as if I was actually a camper at Camp Half Blood, despite not being twelve-years-old. And, when I think back on it, one of the first things PJO fans told me as I embarked on this adventure was how positively terrible the movie adaptations are.
With such glowing reviews and the PJO books living rent free in my mind, I felt an obligation to go through the seemingly universal disappointment that is The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters films. And, because I had so much fun writing down every single thought I had while watching the final two Harry Potter movies for the first time, I couldn’t resist doing it again. I have an inkling that I’ll never watch these movies again
(call it a strong premonition), so this should be a lot of fun to look back on a few years down the road.
Nevertheless, these are the 53 thoughts I had while watching the Percy Jackson movies for the first time. Buckle in.
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
- I haven’t even started the movie yet, and I’m terribly nervous. I know I’m going to regret saying this, but can a movie be that bad?
- Still haven’t started, but I’m scared to see how they portray Grover because I’ve heard that it isn’t great.
- In all actuality, I haven’t heard anything great about either these movies.
- I’m both scared and excited to watch it all go downhill.
- Okay, I’ll press play now.
- Am I meant to take a ginormous Poseidon emerging from the water seriously or??? Asking for a friend.
- Wait, so the gods actually care about their kids in the movies? Because, I don’t know about you, but in the books they seemed all too glad to turn a blind eye to their children walking themselves into death traps.
- Four minutes in and we are already putting unrealistic expectations on our eleven-year-olds.
- OH. We are in high school?! We’re in high school. We are NOT eleven.
- Percy, it’s rude to have earbuds in whilst in a museum and “listening” to your wonderful teacher give you a tour and perhaps very important information about ancient Greek history, which you may need later.
- I don’t entirely live under a rock and have seen the “This is a PEN!” clip a few times now, but Logan Lerman’s delivery of that line is near flawless.
- There is no way that these campers aren’t all in their 20s.
- “Keep your eyes open. Don’t get killed.” could be a really great synopsis for this whole series.
- Even when I was reading the books, and now watching the movie, I really appreciate how perpetually confused Percy is. From the get go, he really has no idea what’s going on, and it’s oddly endearing. It’s almost as if they’re saying “hey, this main character is just about as clueless as you and they’re doing an okay job!”
- Movie Annabeth is so aggressive and so not Annabeth? I mean, don’t get me wrong, book Annabeth is aggressive in her own way but this adaptation of her just feels different? I love her in the books and I can see myself liking her in the movie, but the tonal difference between the two feels gargantuan.
- Wait, shut up. Are there no orange Camp Half Blood shirts?! No necklaces?? I’m really trying very hard not to compare the movie to the book too much, but come on.
- Back to the tone thing – I think that might be why the movie feels disconnected from the book. It’s obviously the same characters and the same story, but they feel like they’re being told in different ways. While they’re both super jam-packed with action and adventure, this movie feels more young adult coming of age (partially because of their ages), whereas the book is very middle grade. So with a more mature backbone supporting the movie, it feels like a different story. I definitely may be off here, but I’m going with my gut on this one.
- This pool scene between Percy and Annabeth is actually really sweet, and I like the fact that their development seems to be slow-moving in the movie, just like in the book.
- There is no way these janitors can’t hear them right now. They aren’t exactly whispering.
- Back up a minute. I’m just now noticing this while Annabeth video calls Luke. They can have technology at camp now? That’s a huge thing in the books that there isn’t any modern communication available because monsters can track the technology signals.
- Props to the special effects team though because all of the monsters so far are positively terrifying looking.
- I fully support the decision of playing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” while the trio are in the Lotus Hotel. This was a wonderful choice.
- Unrelated: are none of these hotel guests concerned about Grover’s goat legs? We’re not even going to question it?
- I understand now.
- They really just left Grover behind in the underworld with VERY LITTLE QUESTIONS.
- Hey, Luke, maybe it’s a bad idea to fight the son of Poseidon on a building roof that has a water tower. You know, just fair warning for next time.
- I promise I’m not trying to solely focus on what’s different between the movie and the book, but the connections between the characters feels so disconnected than its origin story. I know that Grover and Percy are best friends, and I know that Annabeth and Percy grow to rely on each other, but it’s hard to believe that with what’s shown in the first movie, if that makes any sense.
Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters
- Okay, I am here for this flashback showing Annabeth, Luke, Grover, and Thalia racing to get into camp.
- I can’t tell if it’s good or bad that I’m excited for Dionysus, but I’m excited for Dionysus. His snark is top-notch in the books. Here’s to hoping for that here.
- So Percy is an acrobat now.
- Oh my, I’m so nervous for Tyson.
- Seeing this man-made bull is just making me emotional that there wasn’t enough movies to see Nico. Although, the lack of more movies can probably be considered a good thing seeing as they Aren’t Great (so far).
- I was confused in the first movie because prophecies weren’t even a thing, but now they are again? But can we really trust Luke, is the question.
- So prophecies ARE a thing again.
- I get that humans can’t fully see what’s going on in the demi-god world, but surely someone is seeing this potential mugging and assault. We are in broad daylight, people.
- I feel like I should confess, despite comparing this movie to the book, I remember next to squat of the actual book. All I know is you meet Tyson and Thalia, and that the Golden Fleece is a big deal. I think that’s a pretty good summation though.
- Jacques Snicket is Hermes??
- This hippocampus is BEAUTIFUL. I want one.
- Excuse me, Silena is already on Luke’s side?! And we already know it?
- I think that what really runs these movies into the ground isn’t the fact that they’re not entirely exact to the book—not many adaptions are—but the script itself feels weak and flat in a way that takes your attention away from the actual story.
- Throwing a man overboard a boat because he hurt someone close to you, how very Kaz Brekker of you, Percy Jackson.
- In what world does it make sense that Luke, son of Hermes, can stand on water the same way the son of Poseidon can?
- I know Percy and Annabeth are not singing “It’s a Small World” right now.
- If Grover isn’t in a wedding dress, I’m suing.
- Looks like we are avoiding a law suit today, folks.
- Oh it’s not a wedding dress but a normal dress. I’ll accept it.
- They really just killed off Tyson, didn’t they?
- Annabeth give Percy a moment to grieve his recently deceased half-brother, huh? Let’s not be insensitive.
- TYSON. THANK GOD YOU’RE NOT DEAD.
- Wait, he was presumed dead in the second book too, wasn’t he? Not going to lie, they had us in the first half.
- Mhm, that’s what I thought. No way Annabeth would get killed off. But at this point, I don’t know what they’re trying to achieve here.
- Not going to lie, I’m happy that we’re done here and the movie is over.
Well, we did it. I made it; you made it. This is the epitome of achievement. Truthfully, what better way to close off all of my thoughts than mention how excited I am for the Disney+ TV series adaptation. Because now I’m even more excited after watching the movies.