|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Stanley Tucci
Truth be told, I really don’t have any clue about Percy Jackson. Here’s what I know: It’s a series of young teen books that are supposedly pretty popular and there was a movie that came out in 2010 called Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief. And that is it…really, that’s all I really know. So who better to review the new Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters movie than…who…this guy. But let’s get serious for a moment shall we? I actually stand at an advantage walking into Sea of Monsters blind. For one, I have no baggage or allegiance to the books. The movie needs to show me that if there are other people like me in the audience, they better do their best to make sure I’m not wildly confused the entire time. And last but most important, this had better be superior to those Twilight films.
Well, mission accomplished on that last part. In fact, Sea of Monsters overall was better than I expected it to be. Now don’t get me wrong, I will probably never go out and start reading the Percy Jackson series like I have with the Hunger Games novels. It’s certainly not on par with the Harry Potter films, but Sea of Monsters was entertaining none the less. It’s almost a shame though, had the Lighting Thief done more at the box office, 20th Century Fox might have been more apt to put a little bit more talent behind the camera to start making a series of films that could rival Harry Potter. But just entertaining also means that Sea of Monsters his highly disposable. A film that a year from know, I’ll look back and say, “Hey I saw that movie…I think…no wait, I did”. So yes, I’m totally throwing down a back handed compliment but I literally have no where else to go with Sea of Monsters.
Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is the son of Poseidon, making him a half-blood. But he’s not the only one in the world, there are many just like him and Sea of Monsters opens with all the half-bloods at a camp named easily enough, Camp Half-Blood. The camp is protected by Thalia, the daughter of Zeus who was killed as a child whose spirit and body encompass a magical tree. But the tree is poisoned by Luke (Jake Abel), the son of Hermes who is now working to bring back Kronos so that he can once again rule the world. In order to do so, he must find the Golden Fleece, which is located in the Bermuda Triangle aka the sea of monters. But the Golden Fleece can help save Thalia so that the camp can once again be protected from outside evil forces. So Percy, his friend Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Percy’s half brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), a Cyclops who is trusted by no one, set out to get the Golden Fleece before Luke does.
Sea of Monsters offers up ideas that could make for a better quality film. Percy dealing with a prophecy that may or may not involve him saving or destroying Olympus (which may come in later books). Percy’s dynamic with his friends Annabeth and Grover, which seem to get no character development outside of being cheerleaders for Percy. There’s his half brother Tyson, a Cyclops, who by all accounts, should be just as nasty and mean as every other Cyclops in the movie. Or at the very least, demonstrate some of that anger. But Percy is content with just being an assembly line product, used to capitalize on the success of the novels. The main villains of the film, Kronos and to a lesser extent, Luke, battle with Percy and the gang that ends up being both anti-climatic and short lived, there Is never the sense that anyone is any real danger.
But as I stated before, the movie is entertaining and wouldn’t be a bad way for you and your kids to kill a couple of hours. For all its faults, it also knows that if nothing beyond the main plot of the film is going to be explored, stay away from it all together and get to the point. Elysium followed the same path, but did so with greater execution. Only time will tell if this series extends past Sea of Monsters if happens to do so, I don’t know if I will invest anymore time with the Percy and the gang. But I’m glad I saw this one…or did I...oh wait, I totally did.