Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Homer goes to high school

The Greek gods Zeus and Poseidon meet on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, supposedly as close to Mount Olympus as you can get on Earth. It seems someone has stolen the lightning bolt and Hades, god of the underworld, is going postal.
The Movie Slut envisions Homer, author of the original Odyssey, cracking up in his grave at this fun and magical retelling of his story. The fun includes Pierce Brosnan as a centaur, half man/ half horse, and Uma Thurman, as Medusa, she of the unruly snake hair. (Isn't there a product for that? Viper-Away Spray?) Young Logan Lerman, in the starring role, is winning as a befuddled demigod. Poseidon is his father and Catherine Keener, his mother.
In pursuit of the stolen lightning bolt, Percy and his pals set out on a scavenger hunt that takes them to Nashville and Las Vegas, among other American cultural centers.
Tweens will love this movie and there's a few winks and nods to keep mom and dad happy, too, including the location of Hades. Think about it.

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