Rick Riordan’s 5 books sprawling series about the adventures of a dyslexic teenager named Percy Jackson and his friends has quite a following among the targeted age group. YA genre of movies exploit the contradictions of people stuck at the crossroads of life while some uncovering even darker and more personal aspects of existence. So when the plans were announced about a full-fledged silver screen adaptation, people were understandably ecstatic. Honestly book-wise, the whole experience is closest to what Harry Potter offers. But the films are quite a different story altogether.
The first film of Percy Jackson series, ‘Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ is inspired from the first book of the series. With Harry Potter series veteran Chris Columbus at the helm and a strong cast of Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman and Steve Coogan to support, the expectations were sky high. Even though the film wasn’t a huge critical success, it was not bad at all. The film deals with Percy Jackson realizing his identity as a Demigod (half-human and half-god), child of his human mother and Poseidon, the God of the sea. He must find the stolen lightning of Zeus, a deed he is falsely accused of in order to avoid war among Gods. What follows is a series of absurd, fantastical and obviously full of mythical twist and turns adventure spanning from the mountain to the underworld, leading to the climax of the film. With that said, here’s the list of movies similar to Percy Jackson that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Percy Jackson on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Divergent (2014)
Divergent is another book-to-film adaptation that is based in a dystopian society where an ordinary girl recognizes her potential and true identity and attempts to disrupt the prevailing regime of extremism with like-minded people. An excellent Shailene Woodley plays Beatrice Prior who realizes her identity as a Divergent in the aptitude test, not belonging in any of the five factions yet belonging in all of them at the same time. Inspired by Veronica Roth’s trilogy, the first film in this highly conceptual series takes too much time to establish its premise. It has all the elements of typical YA films- a promising cast, great visual and sound effects and a tight narrative. But it still doesn’t add anything new to the overused genre. Nonetheless, Divergent provides a not-so-bad start for the franchise.
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