PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

Percy Jackson and his demigod friends are back for some demon fighting in their continued struggle to defend the planet and Olympus from evil under our unsuspecting noses. I was not a huge fan of the first film, nor for that matter the first (or this book) but somehow continue to watch and read them in the hope of greatness, and for the fact, I just love Logan Lerman, as Percy Jackson, on film.

Percy Jackson is out now, is rated PG (shame), and runs for 106mins.

 

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Percy Jackson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Thor Freudenthal
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

 

In this film Percy (Poseidon’s son), and his motley crew, of Annabeth (Athena, the Goddess of  the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill’s daughter – big bloody resume there), Grover (a satyr, half man, half goat like thing) and newcomer Tyson (also a son of Poseidon) head through the Sea of Monsters to steal the Golden Fleece so, they can save Camp Halfblood, and also the world from the resurrection of Hades. Luke, the bad dude from the first film and Hermes’ son, is also questing to get the fleece so as to resurrect the remains of Hades, the lord of the underworld, who will reap destruction and raze the world. The things I love about these stories is the use of Greek mythology, it is a brilliant concept, half blood kids, half human and half god, in the world while the gods still rule from Olympus, although they are not really worshipped by humans, they operate in the background. It is the most perfect concept of greatness, supreme beings, destruction, heroics and so many myths that can keep the stories going for a very long time. The characters, are endless, as are the monsters, which are only held back by imagination and CGI.

 

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Percy Jackson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Thor Freudenthal
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

 

In this one there was slightly more character development than the first, thank the gods, and I truly enjoyed the relationship between Percy, and his newfound brother, Tyson. Tyson is innocently, and well played, by Douglas Smith (Antiviral) and looks good as a human and/ or a cyclops. The relationship only blossoms towards the end of the film, and it was this emotion that struck a chord with me and raised the film from me having a severely abusive rant of hate about this film. Pretty much all the other characters are played fine, nothing special, except minor character, of course and as always performed superbly, by Stanley Tucci. I just love this guy in anything. Then of course, there is Lerman, love him in anything. Since he was the youngest son in The Patriot, at 8yrs old, to playing Bobby McCallister in the great TV show, Jack and Bobby, then The Butterfly Effect, Number 23, Gamer and my fave – The Perks of Being a Wallpaper. He is on a superb trajectory and still comes across as humble and sensible and hopefully he can continue on without being sucked into drugs and the douchebag posse of Hollywood. Lerman is Jackson, and he does it well.

 

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Percy Jackson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Thor Freudenthal
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

 

The other thing I truly enjoyed in this film is the CGI and the 3D – both incredible and a nice jump forward from the first film, this clearly had more money thrown at it, surprising considering the first film lost money. Hades, the rainbow giant sea horses and the monsters all look great. But this film, the previous film, and all the books in the series I have read, to me are a huge failure. They are poorly written and trash what could be greatness. I imagined them as possible replacements for the Harry Potter series and the subject matter is just perfect for it, but they are written for 5yr olds. Harry Potter was written for kids, and adults alike, but the Percy Jackson tales don’t consider anything but young children. Everything is too easy, there is no challenge in doing things or getting things, if they need something, remarkably, it just appears across the street. If a son of Poseidon is hurt or killed, it is in or near water, instant heals, everything is just too lazily provided for, there is no struggle in their actual struggle. They drop an outboard motor off the back of a life raft, have no fear as Hermes just recently gave them a flask filled with the four winds, that will work, Tyson drops the flask overboard, right next to their next adventure and so on.

 

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Percy Jackson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Thor Freudenthal
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

 

Then there is just the plain stupid, Grover is kidnapped and sent to an island where he is held prisoner by an evil cyclops, he dresses as a lady and sticks a large drawn eye in the middle of his head, and the murderous cyclops, who has killed every satyr ever on the island searching for the Golden Fleece, is losing his sight and believes Grover. I shook my head when reading and watching this.

 

Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Mary Birdsong, Yvette Nicole Brown, Missi Pyle, Nathan Fillion, Anthony Head, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Leven Rambin, Stanley Tucci, Percy Jackson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Thor Freudenthal
PERCY JACKSON AND THE SEA OF MONSTERS: THE REVIEW

 

Then there is the fact that while the books are poorly written and do not do a story of this league justice, the film makers decimate the book, basically use it as a “loosely based on story” and still don’t improve it – it is directed like a Sabrina episode or a Power Rangers morning TV show, however they have no excuses, they have a HUGE budget. I would bring someone onboard who would take the challenge seriously, someone like Alfonso Cuarón who made Harry Potter dark, or even David Yates, who finished off the Harry Potter series with magnificence. Someone who can make a children’s story appeal to both children and adults and not come across as occasionally ludicrous, you never fear for their lives as you just know it will be all peachy so audiences don’t cry. Are you kidding me? I just hope the target audience of five year olds enjoy it more than I did. I will not be watching it again. But for some stupid reason I will no doubt read the next book before the next movie comes out and live in hope.

 

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