Took the kid to see this as a family this weekend. Cute movie! Too many kids these days are not learning about ancient mythology, Greek and Roman gods… maybe this movie will prompt a few kids to go to the library and check out some books to learn more. It helps to build a healthy skeptical foundation, to learn about ancient mythology.
It was fun for my kid to pipe up during the movie, “Poseidon! That’s Poseidon! Oh look, Zeus!” and see the gods he has learned about in his books “come to life” on the big screen. There were Furies, Lotus Eaters, a Hydra, and countless others. My favorite was Uma Therman as Medusa! She was funny.
When we left the movie, my husband said “It was a fun movie, but what a rip-off of Harry Potter! It had the equivalent of a Harry, a Ronnie, and a Hermione, the tragic parents, and finding your true powers.” But I believe the Percy Jackson books were written prior to the Harry Potter books? Regardless the movie style was similar. But hey, if you have a formula that works, stick with it. Many movies have similar plots, heroes, twists and villains. I just thought it was nice to have a movie with some mythology in it, for kids. It’s been a while since that Hercules cartoon movie was out, I think that was one of the last times a movie for kids with mythology came out, that I can remember at least.