Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters {Film Review}

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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!

OVERALL

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!

2.5 stars

MOVIE SPECS:
Cast: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel
Released 7 August, 2013

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28 thoughts on “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters {Film Review}

  1. I am basically in love with the books and the movies really pain me. This movie has not come out in Australia yet so I haven’t seen it but I have my expectation bar set really low. Clarisse doesn’t look scary at all which bums me a lot.

    Thanks for sharing! <33

  2. After the first movie disappointed me, I decided that I just have to stick with the books. *sigh* But I was really tempted to watch the movie though. And is that Clarisse? Why? Why? Why? The children of Ares are muscled and brutal looking. argh!

  3. I’m trying but I cannot think of any logical explanation to change plot when the plot from the book was great. Really, why complicate things. I haven’t read the books but I have heard really bad things about the movie and I think I’ll stick to the books. Great review 🙂

  4. HAHAHA. Well, I haven’t watched this one, even if I have been wanting to, just because people keep telling me its so much better than its predecessor. I think I just forgot to ask them to what extent their “so much better” holds. Ha! Anyway, I’m glad there was at least some improvement, and I was honestly so excited after seeing the trailer, even if I did wonder why Grover was even there and why they were making some sort of reference to Kronos too early on. I guess the only real reason why I’m disappointed now that I haven’t watched it yet is because it’s a Logan Lerman movie, and I make it a point to watch ALL of his works 😄 I am a total fangirl. But anyway, nice movie review Meggy!

    • Well, truth be told, this second one was LOADS better than the first one. Which means that the first one was more horrible than anything else. LOL. I’m not really a Logan-fan, so I didn’t really watch the movie for him, heh. Thanks, Jasmine!

  5. I think I laughed way too long at the fact the director’s name is Thor xD Too bad about the movie, although your review definitely makes me laugh! I feel like the biggest problem with these films is how they adapt the characters, Percy was okay but Annabeth and now Tyson, are a major fail.

  6. Thank you for putting into words what I felt about Clarisse! I expected her to be solid and strong, but she was just a bit too willowy and pretty for me. Like, really – would Clarisse ever put her hair in a french braid? I think NOT!

  7. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’m not really up for it. I just don’t think it’ll be good. It takes a lot to get me to go see a book movie. Either I have to be emotionally withdrawn from it (Silver Lining’s Playbook) or there have to be actors I adore in it (Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games).

  8. Thank goodness I didn’t watch this movie…I was about to — really close! — but then I got sick that I had to stay at home to rest and there goes my plan of going to the cinema. I kinda feel grateful that I didn’t see it, many have said that it was horrible too!

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  10. Humm, okay so I watched The Lightning Thief movie before reading the book and it pretty much put me off the book series from that moment (though I do plan on rectifying this soon). I guess it’s nice that this one was a bit better than the first? But uhh, can’t say I’m interested even then as it sounds like you had a lot of legitimate issues. I think I will stick with reading the books, then decide from there whether I should delve into the bad movie adaptations from there.

    • That’s the problem with watching the movie first, I guess (though I did the same thing with I AM NUMBER FOUR and surprisingly, I preferred the movie!). But Aylee, don’t give a lick about the movie, because the book is so much different and so much better. Just think. Your life won’t be complete without PJ. 😛

  11. Wow, so many people are negative towards the movie! I’m torn whether or not I should watch it. I know that Percy, Annabeth and the others are younger in the books. And a lot of people complained about Annabeth’s hair. *sigh* I think I’ll just read the first book as soon as I can and compare. I really hate it when they add new scenes or cut important things from the book. WHY can’t they just make it the way it’s written?! Sheesh.

    • The actress for Annabeth in the movie is actually in her late-twenties, if I’m not mistaken! Amazing what makeup can do to make you look like a thirteen-year-old. (Well, now that I think about it, none of them look thirteen.) *gasp* You haven’t read the books yet?! What are you waiting for? But I agree: why can’t they just keep things the way they are? :/

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