In the spirit of "Harry Potter" and
similar contemporary fantasy stories, a kid in present-day America is
suddenly thrust into a world of magic and fantasy, discovering a legacy of
power that had previously been unknown.
Those familiar with Greek mythology may
be pleased with how many myths and legends are woven into the tale. Though I
have not read Rick Riordan's original novel, I will guess that it's a rather
faithful adaptation because the pacing is off for a movie. Each scene feels
like a mini-story arc, like a chapter of a novel (especially a novel geared
towards younger readers), and that interrupts the overall flow of the film.
Even Chris Columbus' adaptation of the first two Harry Potter films had a
That said, though the characters never
had much of an opportunity to develop any depth, it's a fun popcorn flick
with nice visual graphics and a fun delve into mythology, but not a lot of
substance. Perhaps subsequent films will have an opportunity to flesh things
My grade: B-