Directed by Thor Freudenthal
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
Oh, Percy. I adored your books, but the movies? I think the world would’ve been much better off without them. (I had a great time staring at Logan Lerman, though. ;)) I was pretty pumped for Sea of Monsters, despite the fact that the first show, directed by Chris Columbus (I had higher expectations for you, man!), was a horror story I could not dispel from my brain. Needless to say, I came out of the theater feeling disappointed. And shocked.
WHAT I LIKED (yes, I actually did like some stuff):
- The beginning (intro): The water effects and words swimming in and out of the screen was cool.
- The monsters: They were pretty badass, and quite realistically done, I suppose. I especially liked how the kraken was bigger than I expected (was it the kraken? I can’t remember…).
- Annabeth’s hair color! I know some people who were pretty annoyed that Annabeth had brown hair in the first show – I was, too – but they changed it to blond in this one, even if it did muddle things up a bit.
- Camp Half-Blood: It looked like a fabulous place, especially with the obstacle course in the beginning. That was cool, and Chiron’s office/house looked so cozy! The whole camp was how I imagined a safe place for half-bloods would be like.
Er… and that’s about it, really.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
- The plot! Ugh, this is probably my main problem with the film. I hated how much nonsense the writers/director decided to add into the movie, because it just made no sense whatsoever! SPOILER: Kronos actually comes back to life in the show, when he’s not supposed to – if my memory serves me right, that is. And all for – what? Five minutes to get beaten again by Percy? Annabeth also gets stabbed by one of the monsters, but thankfully, Percy has the Golden Fleece with him and is able to heal her. I mean, what was the point of that scene?! I just wasted another five minutes of Percy, Grover, and Clarisse crying when I’m sure they know the Golden Fleece will work its magic.
- Tyson: Don’t get me wrong – the character and actor himself was fine in the film. I just expected him to look… scarier and bigger. He’s supposed to be a cyclops after all, right?
- Clarisse: Again, I’m not talking about the actress. Clarisse in the show was so feminine and pretty, when in the books she’s supposed to be like a human meat-cleaver! I don’t know. I kind of wish Clarisse looked meaner and more masculine, instead of pretty. The actress did a pretty good job in pulling off the mean factor toward Percy, though.
- Lack of emotions: Okay, I don’t claim to be the most emotional person on the planet, but I do like my shows to have some kind of emotion, whether it’s sadness, suspense, excitement, etc. For Sea of Monsters, though, I felt nothing at all toward the characters. In fact, when Annabeth died I was practically snoozing in my seat.
- Humor factor: I spotted some stuff that I think were supposed to be funny, but guess what? No one in the theater I was in laughed. Disappointing!
Despite all the bad things I said about the film above, I did not hate this movie. It was done much better compared to Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, but it still isn’t something I’d want to watch again. If you want my honest opinion, I’d say that you wouldn’t be missing out at all if you didn’t watch this. Seriously. Stick with the books. They’re much better!
Cast: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel
Released 7 August, 2013