Film: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
is a 2010 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus
, loosely adapted from The Lightning Thief
, the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians
series of books. It stars Logan Lerman
as Percy Jackson alongside an ensemble cast that includes Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Rosario Dawson
, Steve Coogan, Uma Thurman
, Catherine Keener
, Kevin McKidd, Sean Bean
and Pierce Brosnan
Generally well received by movie critics but badly received by fans of the books because of the many changes the movie made.Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
was released August 2013.
Tropes which only apply to the film Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief:
Tropes which only apply to the film Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters:
- Adaptation Explanation Extrication: After the manticore is killed, it crumbles into dust. No explanation is given in the film for this; however, the books make a point that monsters become dust/sand after being killed. Additionally, they aren't truly killed so much as their souls are sent to Tartarus, where they can be reincarnated later on.
- Adapted Out: Oreius and Agrius, the Laistrygonian Giants (though one does appear on Luke's boat). On a related note, Annabeth's conflicted feelings for Luke are left out; whereas a major conflict between her and Percy in the books was whether or not Luke had become completely evil, Annabeth in the film is clearly on Percy's side.
- Adaptational Villainy: Silena Beauregard is shown to be working with Luke.Which is one hell of a played with trope, considering that in the books she was revealed as the mole in the fifth book with no indication of when she'd turned.
- Adaptational Wimp: The Princess Andromeda, Luke's cruise ship from the books, is here portrayed as a yacht. Not quite as impressive, really.
- Amusement Park of Doom: "Circeland," which is built on Polyphemus's island. The cyclop's lair is in one of the rides.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: To find Kronos' tomb, Luke had to crawl through the depths of Tartarus... and then Cleveland.
- Art Shift: When the Oracle tells Percy the story of the Titanomachy, animation that resembles stained-glass windows is used.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In a huge departure from the books, Luke manages to resurrect Kronos with the Golden Fleece. Kronos then arises from his tomb, as a demonic giant, complete with horns and fiery eyes.
- Back from the Dead: Thalia, like in the books. Annabeth and Tyson as well.
- Bland-Name Product: "Demigoogle," which appears to be a demigod search engine of sorts. As in, one can track a demigod's location by searching for them on it.
- Body Horror: Thalia turning into a tree; the trunk GROWS out of her stomach. In present day, the tree roots still vaguely retain her features.
- Chickification: Annabeth goes from a skilled, badass warrior (in the novels, not the first film) to a blonde racist who is little more than dead weight.
- Composite Character: Mr. D takes over Tantalus' role as being the person to assign Clarisse to go after the Fleece.
- Convection Schmonvection: Despite being a giant made of rocks and lava, Kronos' touch does not affect human/demigod skin at all. Kronos have also swallowed several characters whole yet they came out unscathed.
- Decomposite Character: An example of this and Retcon: Annabeth in the first movie appeared to be a Composite Character of Book!Annabeth and Clarisse, who was nowhere in the film. In Sea of Monsters, Clarisse is shown to be attending Camp Half-Blood.
- Disney Death: FIVE of them in The Sea of Monsters. Tyson, as he sherlock-falls from the cliff and comes back alive; Grover and Luke, who were eaten alive by Kronos and reappeared unharmed after he's defeated; Annabeth near the climax, revived within a minute by the Golden Fleece; and Thalia in the epilogue.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Ethan Nakamura is on the Andromeda with Luke.
- Kronos appears in the final battle.
- A manticore fights alongside Luke. This would technically make it Dr. Thorn's film counterpart.
- Eldritch Abomination: Kronos: A horned giant whose fragmented body separates and rejoins in pieces as he moves. Also possesses some Volcanic Veins.
- Famous Last Words: Clarisse says the trope's exact name when recounting how her Satyr friend was killed by Scylla.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Tyson.
- Follow the Leader: This adaptation has Kronos as the main antagonist despite not being in the book. Kronos' "Titan made of lava" appearance is also reminiscent of a recent movie about demigods.
- Idiot Ball: Oh my Zeus, so many characters love it. Luke trying to imprison the son of Poseidon on a boat, Luke not searching Percy for his sword disguised as a pen when he ties him up, Percy and his brother hugging instead of stopping the Golden Fleece from resurrecting Kronos, the group crying over Annabeth's body even though they've just gotten the fleece that can heal anyone or anything. Every bad guy saying that Percy can't stop them because he's destined to destroy Mount Olympus even though the prophecy explicitly states he will have the chance to save it. The plot wouldn't move at all if the goddess of wisdom had been a bit more generous with her gift.
- In the books, Anaklusmos is enchanted to always reappear in Percy's pocket, which Luke might not know about. Though frankly, neither would someone watching the film... (This troper can't remember if it was mentioned in the first film either.)
- Jesus Was Way Cool: Mr. D thinks so, at least; he's apparently a fan of the wine miracle from the wedding. Interesting, when you consider how the two are usually compared to each other in Real Life.
- It's also about the most insulting thing he can say to Zeus, who is obviously listening to him at all times.
- Mythology Gag: Some of the quests Percy mentions Clarisse completing—- fighting a bronze dragon, recovering Ares' stolen chariot, etc.—- were taken from some of the short stories in the original series. Ironically, whereas Percy played a pretty big role in those stories, the film states that Clarisse was the one to complete those, with Percy being mostly ineffectual.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They prefer the term "Undead Confederate Soldiers whose lives have been given in tribute to Ares." But "zombie" works just as fine.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Due to the characters being in their late-teens, the Great Prophecy sets the age of the prophesied demigod from sixteen to twenty.
- Rage Helm: Kronos' face appears to have been designed with this in mind.
- Sequel Hook: Luke survives (but is at the moment captured by Polyphemus), and Thalia is alive once more.
- Shout-Out: Tyson's get-up (both in shades and under Mist's effects) is close to resemble Encino Man.
- Suppressed Mammaries: Alexandra wears layers of shirts to portray a girl in her late teens after her more adult roles in White Collar and True Detective.