…..of course that make perfect sense.
I made some comment in one of my previous post regarding the Percy Jackson movie series and I ended the post with “hope they dun screw up the next movie”. I think I should make some additional comments to that.
RATHER LONG POST, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
As a fan on the book series, I do feel that the first movie is not very true to the book. However, if we are to just look at the movie itself, I think the movie is not a bad movie. It has a good, action-packed, plotline which gave the movie its entertainment value.
Everyone would agree with me that Chris Columbus is not an idiot/bad director, he directed many blockbusters movies. He even directed the first 2 harry potter movie, which are in my opinion, are very faithful to the books. This shows he can direct a book adaptation without any issues.
I could think of a few reasons why the plotline of the movie is so different from the book. I think he, as a film director, wants to make sure that the movie will work as a standalone if the sequels are not greenlit, which could explain why he remove reference about the prophecy or any kind of cliff-hangers (Luke can be presumed to be dead here I guess).
Another reason could be the fact that he wants to make it easy for kids to understand the story in 2 hours. If he were to explain the whole Titans story, Kronos haunting Percy and brainwashing Luke and Ares, how the whole camp thing work, he is going to need at least another hour and confuse a lot of young kids(the books are ok cause the kids dun have compress the whole book in 2 hours). The whole Parthenon scene in the movie is basically a simplified version of the St. Louis Arch portion of the book- they change the chimera to hydra to make it more relatable to the kids. (You can check the video I embedded below to see Chris and the screenwriter talking about it, the part is somewhere in the middle.)
All I’m saying is that perhaps we should keep an open mind about the next movie before we scream foul at the movie makers and actors.
This brings me to my next point. Casting.
Some of you may not like what I’m about to say. I find the whole “casting Alex Daddario is the WRONG idea coz she is a BRUNETTE” situation TOTALLY STUPID. I believe that as long as actors/actresses can portray the essences and story of the characters (plus with the help of the makeup and costume department), they are good casting. If you guys still want to nip pick about this kind of thing, well I can say that Dan and Emma from Harry Potter are bad casting too as Dan has blue eyes and Emma is too hot. (This sound ridiculous dun you think? :) )
I respect the choice of casting. These actors/actresses are not bad performers. The way they portray a character is highly determined by how the script was written and how the director wants it. So I dun think the performers are to blame if the characters’ are acting ‘out of character’ from the books.
I have seen some of the pictures from the set of Sea of Monsters, and many people are freaking out that Alex/Annabeth hair is now blonde and might have broken continuity. Well I can think of one way to solve it:
Percy: Whoa, what happen to your hair?
Annabeth: The girls from the Aphrodite cabin did this to me on my birthday. Say I needed new colours on my hair. Can’t seem to wash it away.
Percy: Well, you look nice.
Annabeth: ………Thanks, Seaweed Brain.
Also, I think she look at least 5-10yrs younger from the first movie.
Also she kinda remind me of Keri Russell from Felicity for some reason.
(above are just my own opinion, i’m not talking on behalf on anyone and you dun have to agree with me)
any comments feel free to drop it into the askbox.