Warning: There will be spoilers to both the movie and the book.
I went and saw the movie version of The Lightning Thief last night and was VERY surprised. I couldn’t believe how different it was from the book. I loved the book so I was worried that I wouldn’t like the movie, but even though they made so many changes, it was still a great movie!
I did miss several scenes from the book. I loved how Ares was portrayed in the book, and his scene was cut from the movie. I also liked Percy’s antagonist at the camp, but alas, she wasn’t there.
There were a few things that really disappointed me though. The first is that he knew who his father was all along. in the book, he is in Hermes cabin until he is claimed, but in the movie his dad built him the Poseidon cabin. The biggest difference was the theft of the lightning bolt and the reason. In the movie, Luke took it because he was fed up with the gods ruling and ignoring their children. In the book, Kronos is trying to get back into power and uses Luke to destroy the gods. From what I know about the rest of the series, the main conflict surrounds Kronos trying to get back into power. It made me think they aren’t planning on making all of the movies since it took out this central conflict.
That said, I think the movie worked out really well. I missed some of these scenes, but I don’t think someone who didn’t read the book would mind. I loved the look and feel of the movies, which doesn’t surprise me since I think Chris Columbus is a great director. I think choices of the actors were great and the acting was stellar.If you haven’t gone to see it yet, you really should.
What did you think of the changes? Did any of it bug you?