Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Needed some tweaking.
Percy Jackson, for the lack of a better explanation, is a series that is more or less a family-oriented version of the Clash of the Titans and other films like it. Not just because both films are based around Greek mythos, but because the plot alone had striking resemblances. Clash of the Titans is clearly not the best kid-friendly movie around, but that doesn’t mean they have to resort to the original Hercules film for their Greek fix. That’s why we have Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Now, the first one was a lot more adventure-based and felt more fresh and complete while this one felt more disappointing than anything…but kids will enjoy it.
If I got the story right, it’s about the half-blood home being invaded by evil half-bloods. They basically poisoned the tree that was providing shelter in order to get to Percy to tell him about some prophesy that names him. The prophesy tells Percy Jackson that he will either save or destroy the world, and the movie would have you believe it’s the latter for the most part. Meanwhile, those evil half-bloods are trying to bring Chronos back to life to wreak havoc upon the world, and to do that, they need a magical fleece that can bring back life. Well, the good half-bloods need the same thing to save the security tree.
So, firstly, I just want to point out that the foundation to the story is pretty solid. There’s nothing bad with the story…in theory. It’s just not fleshed out enough. The first film had plenty of memorable and epic scenes throughout that really made it what it was, and this…didn’t. The story made sense, but there was more they could have ultimately done with it. Also, the next thing that made the series what it was…was the characters and their interactions with each other. Like Grover, he was in this film as well, but they took him out of it for a good majority of the film. Also, they replaced the actor Chiron with Anthony Stewart Head…ok I didn’t mind that. Anthony Head is the best in everything. Period. They replaced the importance of Grover’s character with a young Cyclops, though, and that wasn’t cool in my books.
Another thing that made the first one good was all of the nods to famous Greek Mythos characters and their involvement which made the film feel more balanced between the modern stuff and the Greek stuff. I don’t know what it was about this film, but it just felt too drowned out in the modern aspect. Yes, there were some nods here and there, especially with the three blind fortune-telling ladies…but most of it really didn’t feel very Greek, so in essence, it didn’t really feel like Percy Jackson. That being said, I have to look at the film sometimes as a standalone project along with the target audience. Kids aren’t going to know so much about Greek Mythos, they just want characters they can love, action and adventure, comedic moments, and a story they can ultimately follow. That is the stuff that makes a film fun for youngsters…and I can’t lie – this film provides those requirements for kids.
There is a lot about Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters that can be seen as just a fun, groovy time…but as for a serious movie that is epic all around, the film lacks significantly. I really liked the first film for a number of reasons, and I wish I could list them off, but I never actually reviewed the movie. All I can do is tell you that what made the first one great was mostly ignored this time around. Take that as you will.
Percy Jackson as a character is a very memorable and loveable person that kids can relate to and love watching, regardless of flaws. The visual effects aren’t perfect, but they are reasonably astounding sometimes. It is also fun in some regards; definitely not the worst movie on the planet.
The story lacked the structure that made the first so great for the entire family. Instead of epic scenes, you get scenes that almost feel filler to get to the anticlimactic end.
Luke: What are you doing Jackson? Don’t walk on my roof!