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Percy Jackson and the Olympians * An Action Packed Series Following The Intense Adventures Of Percy Featuring A Talented Young Cast

Percy Jackson is on a dangerous quest. Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus’ master bolt and stop an all-out war. After losing his mother, Percy is sheltered at Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for demigod children. He must prove himself and confront his origins once he discovers he too is a demigod, and will take off into the perils of pursuing enemies in search of the Underworld. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, if he’ll ever see his mother again, and if he can ever find out who he’s destined to be.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Avalon N. comments, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a phenomenally executed TV series based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. One of its highlights is that it features a young, yet talented, cast.” Mikella G. adds, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians is an action packed series following the intense adventures of Percy, taking his audience on a wild adventure! Due to its high-tech quality, my attention was locked in the entire time.” See their full reviews and Connor’s interviews below.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a phenomenally executed TV series based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. One of its highlights is that it features a young, yet talented, cast.

The series follows a young boy named Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) who is living his relatively normal life until suddenly and unexpectedly he finds out he’s a demigod which is essentially a child of a mortal and a god. After finding this out he gets thrown into one dangerous situation after another and eventually embarks on a quest where the fate of humanity, as we know it, is at stake.

One of the most spectacular parts of the series is the realistic creatures. The show is live action however it features a lot of mythological creatures from classic Greek myths. All those creatures have to be brought to life in a way that makes them look like they actually belong in this world. Another very impressive point is the acting. A lot of the actors are quite young. In fact the two leads are only 14 years old. Despite their young age, their acting is very impressive and they portray a range of emotions from devastated to determined, and everything in between. One of the very best parts of the show that all fans will enjoy is that the series stays very close to the original storyline of the books. Sometimes films and series stray quite off course from the books they are based on. However this one is so true to the original plotline and even brings some of the fan favorite small moments to life.

The series’ message is to be proud of who you are and who you’ve become and never stop trying. Be aware that there are a few loud and violent moments that could startle younger children.

I give Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. You can watch the first two episodes starting December 20 2023 on Disney+ and the remaining shows will launch once a week every Wednesday.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Mikella G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is an action packed series following the intense adventures of Percy, taking his audience on a wild adventure! Due to its high-tech quality, my attention was locked in the entire time.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians retells the story from the well-known book series, by Rick Riordin, creating a live action TV series. We follow Percy on his journey of coming into himself as a half-blood and the discoveries he begins to make. After joining a camp to learn more about who he is, Percy is faced with the ultimate challenge, where he finds himself on a life threatening quest, in which the weight of the world is quite literally in his hands. The Gods are fighting, and it’s up to Percy to save the day!

A standout in Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the action and adventure. Starting from the very first episode, the characters’ fight scenes were top notch. The CGI is incredible, specifically when it comes to the creation of the monsters. Everything feels so real and looks like these strong kids are really battling enormous giants. It doesn’t feel cliche at all. From the very start of the show, there isn’t a moment where I was bored or not entertained. Everything is so interesting, and kept me wanting more. The execution of the show is very impressive. Recreating a well-known story can sometimes get lost in the idea, however the writers brought everything to life perfectly while staying true to the storyline. This show reaches its fans, while creating new ones. The cast is very impressive – each character is spot on. Walker Scobell as Percy makes so much sense – his execution of Percy brings exactly who I envisioned in the books to life. Dior Goodjohn, as Clarisse, also becomes her character with emotional depth.

The message of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is to always believe in yourself, because you can truly make anything that you want happen. Be aware that this series contains violent scenes, and uses swords and other weapons.

I give Percy Jackson and the Olympians 4.5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults.  It launched on December 20 2023 on Disney+ and the remaining shows launch once a week every Wednesday.

Very Action-packed With A Detailed Plot that Isn’t Too Overwhelming

After failing to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta wields the power of the mythic Black Trident to unleash an ancient and malevolent force. Hoping to end his reign of terror, Aquaman forges an unlikely alliance with his brother, Orm, the former king of Atlantis. Setting aside their differences, they join forces to protect their kingdom and save the world from irreversible destruction.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sydney S. comments, “I really like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; it’s very action-packed and the plot is detailed. It isn’t too overwhelming, with just the right amount of storyline and adventure. Plus, the characters are quite enjoyable.” Miguel C. adds, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, is one of the best films I have seen by DC so far. It really reminds me of some of my favorite Marvel movies – filled with action and excitement. I honestly got a lot of that from watching this film.” See their full reviews below.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

I really like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom; it’s very action-packed and the plot is detailed. It isn’t too overwhelming, with just the right amount of storyline and adventure. Plus, the characters are quite enjoyable.

The plot follows Aquaman, who spends his time both on land and in the sea. Black Manta aspires to kill Aquaman, guided by an evil power. It’s up to Aquaman and his brother Orm, the former King of Atlantis, to defeat the evil, save his son, and keep Atlantis safe.

The main characters are Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Mera (Amber Heard), Orm (Patrick Wilson), Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Atlanna (Nicole Kidman) and Dr. Stephen Shin (Randall Park). Aquaman is a hilarious character – his lines are delivered smoothly and easily, and made me laugh. The brother relationship between Orm and Aquaman is heartwarming but also amusing. They say they hate each other, but deep down, they care a lot for each other. This film is unlike any superhero movie I’ve seen before. It’s very unique in its storyline and its special effects. This movie is available to be seen in 3D, but sometimes that interferes with the quality of the green screen imagery. Other than that, the special effects are absolutely wonderful. The fighting scenes look realistic and it seems very believable that the underwater scenes are real. It sure made my heart beat fast. The sets in the ocean and the lost kingdom have a spooky, cold feeling. The lost kingdom is underwater, but it’s dark and entirely made up of ice! I also especially like the costumes, especially Aquaman and Black Manta’s suits. They are well-designed and look impressive. The camerawork is breathtaking. Kudos to director, James Wan, for really capturing all these aspects to make an exciting and enjoyable adventure movie. My favorite part of the movie is the transitions. In the beginning, the aquarium in Aquaman’s house changes into an iceberg so smoothly!

The film’s message is about the importance of family. We see this when the two brothers form an alliance and eventually forgive each other. Also, Aquaman and Mera’s top priority is keeping their son safe. You should be aware there are violent scenes and some foul language used.

I give Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Aquaman releases in theaters December 22, 2023.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
By Miguel C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, is one of the best films I have seen by DC so far. It really reminds me of some of my favorite Marvel movies – filled with action and excitement. I honestly got a lot of that from watching this film.

The storyline starts showing Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and his son, Junior (Tyler Burger, playing around and having fun. Later we learn that he is now King of Atlantis and rules it alongside his wife Mera (Amber Heard). Then, we discover that the kingdom is being invaded and Aquaman needs to free one of his biggest enemies to destroy the one who wants to bring him down.

There are a lot of war scenes in this film as Aquaman battles some of his biggest enemies, such as Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). We also see how his relationship with his brother, King Orm (Patrick Wilson), has grown. There are a lot of similarities between Aquaman and his brother. Throughout the film we see a lot of different worlds and kingdoms created by CGI but it’s not over exaggerated like many films. The story is very well thought out. At the beginning it is a little slow but gets better as it develops and definitely held my interest.

The film’s message is to never leave a brother behind and to stick together. Be aware that there is a lot of fighting and acrobatic action. I give Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was released in theaters on December 22, 2023.