Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

Title: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

Director: Chris Columbus


Release Year: 2010

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Interest Age: 10 yrs +

Challenge Issues: Some very conservative individuals might believe that the movie is advocating for witchcraft.

Curriculum Ties: I would play this while students are learning about Greek mythology to show how it can be fun.

Information about director: Chris Columbus’s full name is Christopher Joseph Columbus. He was born in September 10, 1958. He was born in Pennsylvania. Although he was raised in Ohio.  He is married and has four children.

Chris Columbus has directed a great deal of movies. Some of his movies include Home Alone, Only the Lonely, and  Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. His others include Nine Months, Stepmom, and Rent. In addition to being a director, he is also a screen writer and producer.

Plot Summary: Percy Jackson learns he is half a Greek God, the son of Poseidon and his human mother. When the Gods believe he stole the Zeus’s lightening rod, he is pursued by them, but his mother kidnapped by the Hades and brought to the underworld. Before he can go to the underworld to save his mother, he must find the three pearls that will bring back people from the underworld. In this quest with his other half god cousins they come across many adventures. He eventually returned from the underworld with his mother and returns the lightening rod to Zeus.

Critical Evaluation: It was a very entertaining and not at all predictable. I really enjoyed this movie and thought the story was new and different from many teen movies today.

Reader’s annotation: After learning he is a half-god, can Percy return the lightening rod before the world is destroyed?

Book talk ideas: n/a

Why did you include this book?: This movie is part of a popular book series. Teens will be entertained the twists and turns of the movie.

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