I watched the movie before I read the book, and wow they got a lot of things wrong. I have to say, I did enjoy the book more than the movie. Not as much as some people seemed to do, the movie did introduce me to Jake Abel after all, but I can see where all of the criticism comes from.
Good Things that Should Have Been Included in the Movie:
- Ares, the god of war, who was a mismatch of confused feelings and angry scowls. He played a big part in getting the trio to where they got to, and was a huge part of setting up the next part of the story. I also kind of liked the way he was described, it would have been nice to see another god in the movie rather than just restricting it to Zeus’ and Poseidon’s playground fights. Having Ares would have introduced the bigger picture.
- Percy Jackson, the child outlaw. It wasn’t mentioned all that much, but it did add a nice degree of tension to the story – it grounded the tale a little more in reality. I guess it kind of allowed the reader to connect a little more with him, and reminded us that the danger was quite real (even though it’s fiction. you get what I mean ). Plus the stories that smelly gabe made up were even more satisfying when it came to Percy getting him back. I think this was mentioned in the movie, but it’s almost non existent.
- The abundance of milkshakes and burgers. I’m not kidding, the description of all the glorious food in the book made me hungry. It also made me feel super unhealthy and guilty, but let’s not get into that.
- The cabin situation. The way it was described in the book made it seem so much more magnificent; it also portrays Luke’s house as a cramped cabin filled with 20+ people. Not a luxurious house filled with tvs and videos games, as per the movie. Oh, I also liked the Luke in the book way better (sorry Jake Abel) because he actually trained the kids. He actually seemed like an older brother to the campers, which I though was super sweet.
- In the book, good natured humour filled the pages, whereas in the movie . . . not so much. In my opinion, the humour of the book was what made me like it so much, it kept things light hearted while also emphasising how absurd the whole situation was. The movie tried a little, but it just didn’t reach the level of the books.
- The way that they discovered who Percy’s dad was. It was just so much more dramatic in the pages, from the fight scene to the healing, there was never a dull moment.
- In the movie, there was a hydra. In the books, there was a chihuahua. How do those two things correlate, even in the slightest? Not only that, but they were in a completely different place where the two animal attacks occured. In the movie, the trio are together, but in the books it’s only Percy.
- Why tf does Percy use the winged shoes in the movie? The book even states the reason why he doesn’t, and it makes complete sense that he should stay the hell away from them. The fact that he doesn’t wear them, contributes quite a big part to the plot! But the movie just didn’t include it because . . . it was too much for them to bother to include?
- Chiron had such a little part in the movie. I’m sorry to say this, but he seemed annoying and self righteous when I watched it. Then I read the book and I kind of fell in love (totally platonic). He actually seemed like a good mentor in the books, and you could tell how hard he was trying. Unlike the one in the movie who seemed very blasé about everything.
Things I’m glad Weren’t in the Movie:
- I guess I’m kind of glad that the age wasn’t included in the movie. I know it’s a little bit selfish, but I find the I generally tend not to read / watch movies that are about people who are a lot younger than me. Maybe it’s because I automatically assume that it will be a little immature? Whatever it is, I found that I actually didn’t mind it too much in the books, however I defeinitly would have been a little uncomfortable watching twelve years olds on screen. Especially when faced against people who are way older (Luke, 19. Ares, super old. M, super old.)