Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Screenplay by Marc Guggenheim
Based on The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci & Nathan Fillion
Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters is the sequel to the very horrendous 2010 film Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief and continues the adventures Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, and his friends Grover, the Satyr and Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, as they search for the Golden Fleece in the Sea of Monsters to heal the ailing tree that protects Camp Half-Blood from their enemies.
I will say this, entertaining movie but crap adaptation. On the bright side, it was ten times better than it’s predecessor, Percy Jackson: The Lighting Thief. In the long wrong, that means nothing considering the first movie was absolute crap. But this movie, all in all, wasn’t half bad. The screenwriter was able to keep the story together as a whole, even though he took many liberties with this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I love Logan Lerman, but honestly, you don’t need a hot cast to make a movie work, look at the Harry Potter franchise, you had kids starting out, and people stayed for the books. The added hotness the actors grew to be were just a super bonus. Granted that is due to production and casting directors, but the story, yeah that is mainly the screenwriter.
Nevertheless, it was an entertaining movie. The story here wasn’t written in such a crappy fashion and summed up what happened in the novel okay. Was it a superb movie? Gods no, but it had something the first movie didn’t, fluidity and humor. This movie flowed from the beginning to the end, despite the liberties taken with the writing. It had a lot of greatone liners that made the movie worth watching. Seriously, those one liners were great. They were the opposite of few and far apart.
However, one thing I wished the screenwriter had done right was get his Greek Mythology right. The three sons of Cronos did not escape being eaten, only Zeus! He did that to tie the movie together but considering that ending is entirely different from the book, it was one liberty that did not have to happen.
Leven Rambin was by far, the star of this movie. Her acting was amazing and she captured the character beautifully being the daughter of Zeus. She is what made the movie worth it all in the end. Oh and Douglas Smith as Tyson, he was great. Granted that the character differed much the way it differed in the novel, the essence of the character was captured and he was quite simply, adorable in his simple optimistic ways.
The special effects, acting and cinematography were, for the most part, good. Fans of the book may not be pleased with this outcome, but try to differentiate that this movie, although it didn’t do the book justice, it still made a fun movie to watch. Just try not to look at it as an adaptation. ★★ ½ (B)