Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the second movie made from the five book Percy Jackson series created by the now prolific author, Rick Riordan. The author developed the story that envelopes a 12 year-old school boy in the mythical story of the Greek Olympians for his own two sons back in 2005.
The first book of the series became the 2010 movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief. Even with Chris Columbus at the helm it had only luke-warm reviews and you would hope a lot would be learned before the second release. Logan Lerman resumes his role as Percy but sadly I think the luke-warm reviews will also resume. In this episode the demi-gods have their home base of Camp Halfblood threatened and are forced to seek out the mythical golden fleece to ‘save the day’.
I decided on this edition to take some qualified reviewers to see the movie and with three 13 year-old boys who had seen the first movie and read the book series we entered the popcorn zone. One of our team was not only a Percy Jackson fan but also knew his Greek lexicon of Gods so Rick Riordan, screen writer Marc Guggenheim and director Thor Freudenthal would be under the microscope.
Sadly the teen reviewers came away conflicted. They were impressed by the action and special effects but even at 13 they didn’t have the wool pulled over their eyes on consistency of story and script. In fact their words went something like this; “It was great but it was horrible”. They found a number of scenes in the movie were from different books in the series and other parts of the book were combined to make one scene out of multiple parts and locations of the original story. Add to that and they found fault in some of the key ‘Greek God standards’ given too much artistic licence.
They’re right in saying the movie was “great” and had moments of pure adventure laced fun but it wasn’t sustained. The 3D probably was a saving grace rather than necessary. The movie was rated PG but we all agreed some of the monster scenes and the releasing of one supernatural villain had sufficient scare factor to be mentioned as an advisory.
Our teen adventure has a fun cast with Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover) and Leven Rambin (Clarisse) providing the bent on sibling rivalry but it was a little ho-hum. The other question we’re asking is how do you get 23year-olds playing 12year-old characters? The injection of Cyclops half-breed Tyson played by Douglas Smith helped add some humour to the script however even roles from Nathan Fillon as Hermes and Stanley Tucci as “Mr D” weren’t enough to lift this one out of an average experience.
The favourite scene of the movie is when Hell’s chariot rolls in as a New York cab driven by the Gray Sisters of Mary Birdson, Yvette Nicole Brown and Missi Pyle. The blind spirits fighting over their one eye in an elastic CGI cab was just the right fun-factor to kick-start our hero’s quest.
I’ll finish with my expert review team’s comment. “It was great but it was horrible”.
Rating: PG Violence and coarse language.