Saturday, August 24 2013, 01:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Recommended To: Fans of the book series or the first film.
Synopsis: When the great tree that provides a protective barrier around Camp Half-Blood is badly damaged Percy Jackson and his friends set out to find the Golden Fleece in hopes of using its restorative powers to heal the tree.
Review: I was fairly ambivalent when it came to Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It felt like a formulaic attempt by 20th Century Fox to capitalize on the success of the Harry Potter films. They even brought in Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Potter movies, to try and replicate the magic. It didn’t quite work for me, but the film made back its budget and then some and so three years later the second installment arrives.
Whereas the Harry Potter films got darker as they went along Sea of Monsters feels much lighter than The Lightning Thief. I don’t know if this is mirrored in Rick Riordan’s novel or if it has to do with Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) taking over directorial duties. Whatever the reason Sea of Monsters feels like a children’s film that doesn’t really give adults much to enjoy. It’s essentially a watered down version of Clash of the Titians (which itself isn’t exactly the most accurate retelling of Greek mythology) set in modern times. It’s not particularly engaging and while I like the actors, particularly Logan Lerman, the performances are generally underwhelming. Maybe if I had read the book I would have connected with the characters. Ultimately Sea of Monsters is just for the fans.
-Ryan Michael Painter