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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
(2010)

Chris Columbus attempts to fire up another franchise based on kids' fantasy literature. I enjoyed this more than either of his Potter efforts, more than the recent Clash of the Titans if it comes to comparing it with other Greek myth adaptations. Percy definitely gets the short end of the stick in the casting of deities, though; Sean Bean as Zeus? Very bleedin’ majestic. Steve Coogan's Hades is good fun, however, and he's well-paired with Rosario Dawson as Persophone. Kevin McKidd's Poseidon sees him do his brooding thing from Rome

Logan Lerman has more presence than Radcliffe ever did, but it's Brandon T Jackson as his wise-cracking satyr protector who steals most scenes. None of the set pieces are exactly show-stopping, but the reinvention of a few of the trials is quite nifty. In particular, encountering the Lotus Eaters in Las Vegas seems blindingly obvious but no less satisfying for that.

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