Dear Readers: Though ancient Egypt will always be my first love, it was good to revisit the myths and legends of ancient Greece this weekend with the Young Prince and his best gal pal. I took both 8-year-olds out to see “Percy Jackson and the Olympians – the Lightening Thief” this Friday, and all of us were enthralled with the film. Bravo to Chris Columbus, the exceptional cast, and the talented crew who put this movie together.
Before I go farther in this quasi-review, I wanted to remark that for me — a 40-something mom — the best part of the movie is Kevin McKidd, who plays the sea god Poseidon and Percy’s father. During the film, Percy’s mom explains that his father was “dazzling”. Indeed. I loved McKidd’s portrayal of Vorenus in the HBO miniseries, Rome. Seeing him as Poseidon was a real treat.
The entire cast, including the three leads (Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson; Brandon T. Jackson as the satyr Grover; and, Alexandra Daddario as Athena’s overachieving daughter Annabeth), were wonderful. Based on the mixed reviews I read, the main point of the majority of complaints is that the movie diverges significantly from the book set upon which it is based. For example, the book-based Percy starts out as 12-years-old; in the film version, he is almost ready to graduate high school. However, as I have not read the series — yet (it is on order) — I was not in a position to experience the usual book-to-film-conversion disappointment.
Some of the sword play was a bit intense, and the Medusa sequence was somewhat scary for my son’s friend. So, as a mom, I say that if your kids are younger than 8 or are squeamish, then this may not be a good movie choice. But I wanted to note that Percy Jackson got a light round of applause during the credits, and entranced the two young children I took. I might suggest that parents who are not familiar with the Percy Jackson series do what I did prior to watching the movie — review the basics of Greek mythology with the children. Here are the key stories/elements to cover:
Perseus and Medusa
Hades Takes a Wife: Persephone
Another controversy, stemming from the world of current events, focuses on the dialog that the satyr Grover utters, which intimates that some demi-gods (children of mixed human-Greek divinity origins) have been/are in the White House. Does Teen Movie Claim Obama’s a Demigod?: Exclusive Interview With ‘Percy Jackson’ Screenwriter Craig Titley
I have to say, the comment was a throw-away line. How YOU interpret it says more about YOU than what the actor meant. When I heard it, my mind went to Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” and the Greco-Roman-rich foundations of this country….and to Brown’s description of the statue of President George Washington as Zeus.
I hope our current President doesn’t see that statue; he will only want to have one carved just like it with his image instead.
Based on the latest news, I might suggest Obama utilize Norse Mythology and carve himself in the image of Loki — the crafty and malicious divinity responsible for Ragnarök (the doom of the Gods).
It was refreshing to see an age of heroes portrayed on the big screen. I have not felt so uplifted since watching The Incredibles or Gladiator. I love the red-blooded dynamics, which is a pleasant change from the pallid passion-fest of the current tween favorite, “Twilight”. I hope that my son and his gal pal strive to develop their unique talents with the same grit and bravado of “Percy Jackson”, and avoid the “Twilight” craze entirely.
Unless the creators of “Twilight” manage to cast Kevin McKidd. 🙂
TEA PARTY NEWS:
W.C. Varones has a picture/video essay on yesterday’s Orange County Tea Party. Senatorial Candidate Chuck Devore spoke, as did 53rd district congressional candidate Mason Weaver and Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition President Dawn Wildman.
Michelle Malkin as a post reminding us this is the anniversary of the first Tea Party: Anniversary of a porkulus protest: The roots of the Tea Party movement
GLOBAL WARMING NEWS:
Dr. Zero has news of a student protest — actually protesting something worthwhile: SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY!
Students at Penn State are rallying today, to demand an independent investigation into Michael Mann, one of the primary architects of the global-warming swindle. As the organizers of the Rally for Academic Integrity point out, the university’s internal review “consisted of three Penn State employees who have strong incentives to protect the school’s reputation, and the millions of dollars it receives from global warming research grants. There was no external oversight.”