Based on a series by acclaimed author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters” is the sequel to the 2010 movie “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” a film remembered for dreadful acting and a complete disregard for the original storyline that Riordan spent countless hours creating.
While the first movie in this series was a complete disappointment for devoted fans and riddled with mistakes for those who were newly introduced to the story, it’s obvious that more effort was put forward on the production of “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters.” And while it’s still not great, it’s more entertaining and closer to the book than the first.
In this continuation of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: the Lightning Thief,” Percy, Annabeth, and others are trying to save Camp Half Blood from an onslaught of magical creatures. The protective barrier surrounding their beloved camp is dying, and monsters attack the one place that the half bloods can call home.
The heroic half bloods set out to find the legendary golden fleece, the one thing that can heal their camp. However, many monsters and Greek gods stand in the way of their quest.
The plot of this movie actually generally follows the book. While it changes certain parts of the story, the plot is somewhat similar, a statement that could not be said about “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” which changed the book’s plot completely.
Many book fans were supremely disappointed with the casting choices in the first movie, due to the fact that every character was much older than they were supposed to be in the book. For someone who has not actually read the series, they most likely won’t be bothered by the casting choices as they have nothing to compare it to.
However, some of the acting in this movie is what really drags it down. Alexandra Daddario’s performance as Annabeth is poor, she delivers many of her lines either over or under dramatically and in general just does not seem comfortable playing Annabeth at all. Leven Rambin’s role as Clarisse also seems strained for her, but is okay.
Logan Lerman looks the part of Percy, and his performance is flawed but still respectable, and though Brandon T. Jackson doesn’t look the part of Grover, he is comfortable with his role and plays it well.
Of all the actors, Douglas Smith’s role as Tyson, the cyclops, is the star of the show. His childlike ignorance and affection make him a lovable, sympathetic character. His dreadlocked hair, ragged clothes, and computer-generated single eye also give him the appearance of a monster that is a victim of his own identity.
The special effects in this movie aren’t really anything spectacular, but they are worthy of approval and not at all fake looking. All around, they are probably the most consistent and, therefore, probably the best part of this film.
“Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters” is almost a recovery for the first film, but director Thor Freudenthal does a good job at this rebound, and has created a flawed but decent film from it. Not a must-see, but worth a try.
Our Grade: C
“Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters”
Length: 106 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Brandon T. Jackson