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Hey folks, Harry here... Earlier tonight I was at the Alamo Drafthouse South - where in the lobby there was a striking (pun intended) Standee for PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF. It is the poster art, but with Percy Jackson throwing a flashing and thundering lightning bolt. Just in time for all the NEW MOON girls to notice(?) as they ponder bloodsports or bestiality. Then I spy the new trailer online and I get what Fox hopes happens with this series. But there is an element that is missing in these trailers. The music. Do you remember how powerful those early Harry Potter trailers were... how they let John Williams' score make you believe in magic and the wonder of what was to come? I do hope that Christophe Beck's score rises and soars to what needs to underscore these scenes. Sure does have some cool imagery. Hope Chris knocks this out of the park. Click here to see the new trailer!

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  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to the soundtrack more than the film

    by Kontarsky

    I still don't get what this book series is about. Gods living in a summer camp? It just screams of stupid children's writing. I'll stick with the real myths, thanks.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:48 a.m. CST

    This will go in the same pile as...

    by ackack

    Golden Compass, The Seeker, etc.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST


    by ranma627

    I wish they just let Christopher Columbus direct the whole Potter franchise. Then it wouldn't be as fucked up as it is.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Early Potter > Later Potter

    by beetlegeuse

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:11 a.m. CST

    I'll be damned.....

    by Playkins

    That actually looks halfway decent. Then again, so did the trailer for "Inkheart".

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    That Looks Better Than Harry Potter!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Harry Potter is really horrible. A over-hyped snooze fest, but this film looks like it beats Potter by leaps and bounds!!!

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Potter flicks got better after this hack left

    by PhiladelphiaFakeOut

    Sure his were more faithful but they were shite. Movies got better when they took more risks and became, you know, actual movies and not plodding recreations.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a quantum leap over Columbus’ incredibly pedestrian adaptations although I have to say they guy has a good eye for casting. Otherwise he’s a hack and it looks like he only made this piece of shit because they didn’t want him back for Potter.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Mr. Knowles, you are correct, sir.

    by Serious Black

    The music just isn't there like it was for Potter. Which seems a shame because this series has great potential. The books are little bit Potter-Lite. Less character development but tons more action and more broad (ie kid-friendly) humor which could make it perfect for the big-screen. But if the music does not deliver, it ain't gonna work.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:41 a.m. CST

    As we go along we'll se better and better...

    by Rakafraker

    ...kid's movies. I think the movie-making machine is realizing that they'll get more asses in the seats if they make the shows palatable for adults to go to with the kidlings.<p>I took my nefew(the only young one left in the family now) to see Where the Wild Things Are, but he hated it and I loved it.<p>I guess it means nothing to a kid to feel like a kid again.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by TehCreepyThinMan

    That was an incredible piece of work from Williams.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Looks better than Clash of the Titans...

    by TheWaqman

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST

    That positive and negative line is fucking awful...

    by TheWaqman

    honestly that's some of the worst delivery I've heard in a long time.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    This looks so fckin stupid that it may be good.

    by Damien Chowder

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Chris Columbus is King Hack, thank God he left HP

    by reflecto

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Looks a blast. Plus more Sean Bean is always welcome

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Bring on Boromir doing some smiting

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by AnUsulDarkley

    I don't know anything about the books, but this film looks entertaining.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    This looks better than I expected, but I expected junk.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    At least they cast good "old dudes" to class up the tweens in the lead. Bronsan and Bean add a nice gravitas to the typical Disney Channel kids that take center stage. This film isn't for my demographic, but it looks like it could've been worse.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it looks pretty awful

    by slone13

    And the title's too long.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Great, now my boys will NEVER finish those damn books..

    by malificus

    ..and they've got reports due as well. Sticking my neck out with this one but I've definitely experienced a sea change on John Williams. I mean, I wore the grooves off the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack back in the day, but now going back and watching the original 3 SW movies his music sounds so fucking obtrusive and really busy man, it's like every single movement and moment is scored. And his stuff now is even worse than it was back then, I'm just sick to death of the whole John Williams thing, not nearly to my most-hated Danny Elfman levels, but shit give us a break man, retire already.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Was that fucking Uma Thurman as

    by damiz707

    Medusa? Sold....... And with a name like Percy Jackson, I expected the brotha to star.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Sean Bean looks like a more badass Zeus than Neeson...

    by TheWaqman

    Honestly that cheesy beard and armor makes Neeson's Zeus look like a homeless man wearing a halloween costume.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Williams Film Scores

    by starlesswinter7

    I never understand people who find music "intrusive" or "obtrusive" or whatever in films. Maybe it's because I listen to soundtracks more than any other kind of music, but I rarely EVER find scores to work that way. Sometimes I go to a movie solely to listen to the score. I find the notion "the best score is the one you don't notice" to be utterly ridiculous. On one hand, there are low-key scores that are wonderful, and you don't really notice them because they are relatively quiet. But on another hand, there are horribly bland scores that you don't notice either because they're just uninteresting. I don't think there's anything automatically wrong with a loud score, either, and it's not really fair to judge a score because of its volume alone.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST

    The kid in the lead is so boring.

    by AnnoyYou

    And such a terrible actor. Thank God Columbus wasn't allowed to cast Harry Potter. This looks like a dog, despite the fancy FX, and the February opening date backs this up.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by MyGodYoureADope

    Columbus did cast Potter. Pay attention.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Lead Kid

    by starlesswinter7

    I wouldn't call his acting terrible. Not even bad. Just an average kid performance at this point. He can at least deliver a line and sound moderately natural.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:56 a.m. CST

    I'm Sorry but I do not trust FOX

    by The Founder

    Movie looks decent enough but I know Fox's track record.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Who are they targeting with this? Homo tweens?

    by MediaGold

    Because that has to be the most fruity movie title ever. They might as well call it "Bunny Bigglesworth and the Greased Up Grecians".

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    That was the alternate title for 300....

    by TheWaqman

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Loved this book series!

    by Johnny Ahab

    My son, in middle school at the time Lighting Thief came out, went nutty for these - and he was bored by Harry Potter (frankly, so was I). But these are action-packed, and I liked the clever transposition of the ancient myths to modern-day America (and the reasoning behind it). Fun books, lots of imagination, and some kick-ass scenes. I'm there, with my son (who's now in high school, but can't wait to see these too).

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Mmmm.... Bean

    by CherryValance

    Do you know how difficult it's been trying to make due with movies full of actors who are just kinda almost good-looking? I was that close to ending it all, let me tell you. All movies need more Sean Bean. I loved him before LOTR and I thought after that, that surely they'd know to cast him in every damn movie but, no. He just pretty much went back to the same old stuff he was doing before. *sigh* Well at least I'll get to see him in this and I hope he'll get more interesting stuff to do.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST

    looks good..i'll check it out.

    by exador

    I've read most of the books and thought they were quite enjoyable....and while this looks like it's taken a TON of liberties with the storyline and characters, i'll check it out....(as will most of the folks in this talkback, regardless of what shit they're talking now) lets face it, it's genre/fantasy/sci-fi/adventure with cool looking effects. I'll take two. :)

  • Wow, I don't know how they got past the censors with steamy dialogue like that.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck You, Holywood

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Logan Lerman is an underrated young actor, but he's all wrong for Percy Jackson, who is supposed to be twelve. I hate Hollywood's desperate hatred of kids, the need to agify every character, 12 to 16, 16 to mid-twenties played by 30-year-olds. Fuck Hollywood. There are a lot of kid actors out there just looking to get their starts and Hollywood could give them a real chance. Instead, we get this bullshit. Fuck Hollywood.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Check out Michael G. of LOST and STAR TREK and SPEED RACER fame, best composer we've got right now.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 1:57 a.m. CST

    There he goes, ruining another movie franchise.

    by Preacher_mg

    If there's one thing that differentiates the Percy Jackson books from the Harry potter ones (and you have to admit they are much alike in some respects), is that the Percy Jackson books have a SENSE OF HUMOR. And not in a "candy that tastes like puke" kind of juvenile way, I mean, full-on grade A New-York smartass funny. Percy's wisecracking first-person commentary on everything that happens to him made the books for me, and it seems totally gone from the movie, or at least, the trailer. I may still go see it but my suggestion to AICN reader is just go read the books.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    uh, looks ok, if a bit generic. we'll see I guess...

    by Warcraft


  • Nov. 24, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by malificus

    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check it out. I think the last score that I actually bought and really enjoyed was for, of all things, Star Trek:Generations. REALLY GREAT soundtrack in my opinion.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    I am SO glad I'm not the only one...

    by Sidepocket

    Who thought Percy Jackson was black in the books. We never really get a good description of him. Sure, he does have green eyes, but he also has black hair, that fucking name, ADD, dyslexia and he lives in Uptown New York NYC like near Harlem with a horrible foster father who drinks, smokes and gambols all the time. If that's not an urban black kid I have no idea what is...

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