FIRST OFF... This article is aimed at those of you people out there who have a love for Fantasy Films. I guess that goes for most of you... because well, who doesn't, right? They're adventurous... they're divergent... and let's face it, they're FANTASTIC.
SO, GREEK GODS. OLYMPUS. ANCIENT GREEK MYTHOLOGY. DO YOU HAVE A THING FOR THAT SORT OF STUFF? I, FOR ONE... MOST CERTAINLY DO.
So, why does Percy Jackson deserve more recognition than it is currently getting? I'll tell ya why...
Because I believe Percy Jackson has the potential to be the next best franchise of the current generation. Rick Riordan is a genuinely talented and clever author, from taking Greek Mythology characters and stories and turning them into his own. Many author's do this, of course. However, being that Greek Mythology is a worldwide known thing, to create a story that is not familiar to history can be hard to pull off.
I feel that Riordan has done Greek Mythology proud... by keeping true to the names of Gods, Goddesses, Demigods and the like.
THE FILM ADAPTATIONS OF PERCY JACKSON
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010)
It's the 21st century... the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy, the Son of Poseidon, is the prime suspect. As he finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends, Annabeth, the daughter of Athena and Grover, a satyr... embark on a cross-country adventure and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Now, when I first saw this movie... I have to say, I did enjoy it. I like the fact that it is set in the modern day and that our protagonists are of teenage years. It gives me a sense of realism and makes me think twice about the reality of the possibility that Gods still walk among us. Depending on whether or not you believe in that kind of thing. For me... the first installment of the Percy Jackson franchise had me hooked. However, this is my opinion... I'm very passionate about stories of Greek Mythology.
A few images from the movie...
The movie was adventurous, it was exciting, the CGI was pretty impeccable. It did not bore me, every moment of the movie was interesting... I don't think it lacked anything, the cast were perfect and the film was very well directed. It's how a fantasy film should be.
The films gross for box office beat it's budget which was $90 million, at a not so bad... $226, 497, 209. Still... I think it deserved more.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (2013)
Camp Half-Blood is protected by Thalia, a daughter of Zeus that sacrificed her life to save the young Annabeth, Grover and Luke from an attack of Cyclops and was transformed by her father into a magical tree. Out of the blue, Percy Jackson is visited by his unknown half-brother Cyclops, Tyson and they discover that Thalia has been poisoned and is dying. The camp is then attacked by a Colchis Bull but it is vanquished by Percy, who soon learns that Luke is the miscreant. Annabeth discovers the mystic Golden Fleece is capable to heal Thalia and save their camp, however, Mr. D assigns the demigod Clarisse, daughter of Ares, to the quest of retrieving the fleece. However, Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson decide to follow the words of an ancient prophecy and they go on the dangerous journey to the Sea of Monsters to recover the Golden Fleece, which Luke wants to revive the evil Kronos to destroy Olympus.
A few images from the movie...
I will not say that this film is better than the first... but it's not worse and it does do it justice. It's a sequel, you know? Not all sequels are better than their predecessor... but they keep you interested and most of the time, they leave you wanting more. In this second installment, we get to see new faces, we have a whole new story to follow, we see mythological artefacts such as the Golden Fleece, new mythological creatures are introduced such as Cyclops's, a Kolkhis Bull, a Hippocampus, Charybdis and many more. What's not to like? I'll tell you, the only part I did not like about this movie... was that it ended on a damn cliffhanger! GOD, I HATE CLIFFHANGERS.
Again, this film beat it's budget at $95 million, with a worldwide gross of $199, 850, 315. Which isn't great... but at least it got more than it's budget. Once again, it deserved more. There are so many terrible movies out there that gross more than these Percy Jackson movies. It's wrong, I tell ya, WRONG!!
SO, THAT SETS IN MOTION MY MAJOR POINT ABOUT PERCY JACKSON...
Why end a film on a cliffhanger if you're not going to follow it up? Where is the sense in that?! Hmm?! I don't care what officials say, reporters, writers, directors, fans... we deserve at least a trilogy. Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse, where is it? Make it happen. Logan Lerman (who portrays Percy Jackson in the films) has stated himself that...
...he enjoyed filming the movies and would return to play teenage hero Percy Jackson even if he was 30, adding: "If I was 30, sure I'd play Percy again".
Like I said, I believe this franchise could be so much more with the right writers and directors. IT HAS THE POTENTIAL. The potential to be a great franchise on Greek Mythology that we all so desperately need in our lives. When will we get our perfect Greek Mythology creation/film/franchise? Will Percy Jackson become the face of Greek Mythology in the film industry?
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And remember, 'Stay fresh, stay entertained and stay curious.'