I’m not sure how the announcement and production of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief escaped my attention, but there’s a teaser trailer out now, and it’s the first I’ve ever heard of the movie. Perhaps it’s because I don’t often travel in fantasy literature circles, although I’d like to think that I’d normally be aware of a movie featuring Catherine Keener, Rosario Dawson (Persephone), Sean Bean (Zeus), Pierce Brosnan (Chiron), Uma Thurman (Medusa), Kevin McKidd (Poseidon), and even Steve Coogan (Hades).
Fantasy buffs are no doubt familiar with Rick Riordan’s novel. The movie, like the novel, is about a young boy who discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god Poseidon and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods and rescue his mother. If you’re into that sort of thing, it sounds compelling, and they’re even marketing it as a movie from one of the directors of the Harry Potter movies. Unfortunately, that director is Chris Columbus, and his two entries into the Potter series were the weakest. The man has no bite, no edge, and no discernible talent (see I Love You, Beth Cooper, which is single-handedly destroyed).
And though this is only a trailer, and one that only featured the boy in it, you can already tell just how generic it looks. I’m a big enough fan of the cast, however, to at least go in with no expectation and hope for the best.