Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – 3 out of 5
I really enjoyed the first Percy Jackson film and was pretty excited that a sequel was finally produced. Is it as fun as the first movie? Does this outfit make me look fat? Does it look like it’s going to rain?
|Another question: Is Ron Perlman doing the voice of this Cyclops?|
Actually, yes...yes, he did.
After stopping the lightning thief in the first film, Percy (Logan Lerman) is starting to feel like maybe he isn’t the strong half-blood demigod that he is destined to be. Things only get worse when it is revealed that his father; the God Poseidon, had another child…only instead of a mortal woman, he got his freak on with a Cyclops. However, before Percy can process that he has a half-brother with one eye, the camp where the children of the ancient gods live in comes under attack and the ancient tree that provides the barrier that protects them is destroyed. Now Percy must team with his friends; the satyr, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), his Cyclops half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), and the daughter of Athena, Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), in order to go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece—an ancient object that can heal the tree and restore the barrier. However, along the way, Percy runs into the son of Hermes, Luke (Jake Abel), and learns that he is trying to claim the Fleece for himself in order to restore the father of the gods, Kronos, and have him extract his revenge on his children and destroy Mount Olympus.
|Wait a minute...didn't I see this guy in another movie? One where he was...um...|
a little more anatomically correct?
**Warning: This review may contain some mild spoilers and contents are under pressure**
Going back to the questions I asked in the first paragraph: Yes, I thought vertical lines were slimming and it looks cloudy but maybe we should take an umbrell. Yes, I thought this one was fun like the first film. Did I enjoy it as much as the first one? Um, I’ll answer that later.
|I'll answer that after you look at this steampunk bull.|
One of the things I really enjoyed about the first movie was the concept of taking the old myths and incorporating them into modern society. I found it interesting and fun to see that the old gods were still around and still getting into wild shenanigans by having demigod children and those kids all gather at a summer camp to learn their powers. The film also had some great action sequences, a great cast and awesome special effects. For the most part, this sequel has all that but still feels like it’s missing something.
|Missing something like a satyr who is clearly shitting his pants.|
Wait, satyrs don't wear pants...gross.
|Just as good as Brosnan...I guess.|
|There isn't a script in the world Tucci will pass up.|
|Just stare at this picture and try not to laugh.|
|Seriously, his part made the film.|
Even the special effects feel watered down when compared to the previous film. While some shots look incredible and really help sell this fantasy world…
|Yes, this looks awesome!|
…other times the special effects look questionable. For example, Tyson’s one eye looks really bad and, thankfully, the production decided to try and save money by working around it by providing sunglasses to cover that shit up or pulling a plot device out of their bag of tricks with a ancient relic that makes Tyson look like an average, two-eyed human.
|This effect...not so much.|
However, despite all the downfalls this follow-up had, the movie still has some fun action and the story is quirky and enjoyable. Overall however, as fun as Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is, the film ultimately feels like a Direct-to-DVD sequel and isn't offering up the special effects bonanza that it should be and not nearly as entertaining as the first film.