My 9 year old and I are always certain the movie is not going to be the book.
It makes our viewing easier with such small expectations. :D
The 13 year old perfectionist has spent every waking moment since the movie either picking it to shreds or explaining what was supposed to happen to my dh, the only one who has not read the series at least 3 times.
Sean Bean, King of the Gods. Enough said. The man is a god.
Percy was perfect, Logan was an excellent choice
Grover was, IMHO, dead on and everything he did was in keeping with being a satyr, but it was entirely retarded turning the Lotus Blossom into an adult themed casino. Plus, nitpicking again, he was not black. While being a satyr is, in and of itself, "suggestive", the whole disco pimp crap was stupid and needless.
Chiron looked magnificent, I was pleasantly surprised with Pierce Brosnan in the role.
Medusa in her Matrix outfit was fun. Gabe was good as was Sally in their miniscule roles.
The effects were pretty great, the score was good and the cinematography decent.
Where to being? lol
Camp Half Blood, the only other place besides Hogwarts I have ever wanted to be, was all wrong. They didn't even have the Thalia tree.
No Ares, no Clarisse, having Hades with the bolt was ludicrous.
Persephone? Do NOT get me started. Another needless, stupid choice both in character and content.
Athena's daughter with brown hair? Ok, maybe nitpicking but how many times was the word "blonde" used in the Camp Half Blood chapter? More than a few I can tell you.
Changing their ages? Very bad move, Chris Columbus, having done Harry Potter, ought to have known better.
Where will the series go from here? It had better pick up in the quality department I can tell you that.
Bottom Line: If you knew nothing about the series, you would have enjoyed it bias free and given it 3 or 4 stars. If you are a devotee of the Rick Riordan series and a fan of Greek Mythology, you will be disappointed. But you will go see it anyway, because you have to.
3 Stars with qualifying remarks