Let me just start out this by saying that I’m a huge fan of the Percy Jackson novels, by Rick Riordan. I am not, however, a fan of the movie adaptions, of which there are currently two. I was severely let down by 20th Century Fox’s adaption of The Lightning Thief (2010). That was pretty terrible, but the funniest thing about it was that it actually would have made a pretty good movie if Rick Riordan had never written the books.
Percy Jackson, a young demigod and the son of Posiedon, living in camp half blood is apparently now referred to as a “one quest wonder”. To prove his powers, genius, stupidity, and trust, he must save the camp from Luke (who has now been killed three times in two movies) after the protective shield around the camp goes down, by finding the Golden Fleece. Of course, Luke needs the Fleece as well, to resurrect Kronos, a deadly Titan who intends to exact his vengeance upon Mt. Olympus.
Watch as our heroes engage in fierce combat that just came right out of a final boss fight from a Zelda game, be really, really, really unstealthy, get swallowed up by gigantic sea monsters, repeatedly talk to themselves in wooded settings, daringly rescue people who seem to be in no danger at all, reenact the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, take a deadly taxi ride, meet confederate zombies, go to an island theme park where everyone was violently devoured by a Giant, sing “It’s a Small World After All”, and most importantly, discover that Luke’s yacht actually has a brig.
Ah, 20th Century Fox. Trying to one up Warner Bros.’s Harry Potter once again, and once again miserably failing. I’m a huge fan of the books, and so I really hate seeing them degraded this way. That being said, I did like a few things about this installment. Here’s a list.
Things I liked:
- Humor. Some of the jokes didn’t land, but most did, and it was a funny experience.
- Like a fine wine, Sea of Monsters gets better with age. When it first started, I took a walk in my head and thought about my life choices for a few moments. But, when the movie caught up, it was enjoyable.
- They followed the storyline much better for the first half of the movie, and the second half was fine anyway.
- The returning actors have much better chemistry this time around.
- The action was very good with Sea of Monsters, and I did find myself engaged.
- Luke was pretty good in this movie.
- I also liked Hermes in the movie. Plus, NATHAN FILLION! It’s me… your… fan. (I’ve seen every episode of Firefly.)
Things I Disliked:
- In the beginning of the movie, Percy gives up some flag-thing to save some other kid from the certain doom of falling about a foot distance because his foot is caught in a ladder.
- Percy could have gotten himself out of multiple sticky situations by using one super cool plot device from the novels: His pen-sword should teleport into his pocket, no matter where it, or he, is.
- How is Luke alive? In the last movie, he was impaled through the neck by a trident and then launched to the bottom of the ocean.
- When Percy is surrounded, and clambering around the roof of Luke’s yacht, Luke comes out and asks him what he is doing. I would have asked the exact same question in Luke’s position.
- When Percy and his friends are trying to escape form prison, Luke is doing typical “bad guy” things, like playing chess, and listening to classical music.
- Wasn’t Alexandra Daddario’s (Annabeth) hair much, much darker last time?
- The end of this movie is pretty much Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I don’t think that my life is necessarily better off from watching Sea of Monsters. Then again, not many movies I see do that to me. So, I have to award Sea of Monsters the prestigious “Better Than The First One” award. 5.5 out of 10.
Well, at least Percy Jackson (no, I don’t mean Logan Lerman) won’t have to endure any more of these adaptions, right? Right?
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Release Date: August 7th, 2013
Director: Thor Freudenthal, with Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddaria, and Brandon T. Jackson
Runtime: 106 minutes (one hour and 36 minutes)
Sea of Monsters pulled in around $70 million (January 24th) with a budget of around $90 million