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Review: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Review: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

Review: “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”
August 07
12:11 2013

Preston Barta / Film Critic

Rating: 3/5

Chris Columbus’ take on “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010) received harsh criticism upon its release. Many derided it as a cheap knockoff of the “Harry Potter” movie adaptations, an inevitable conclusion given the common director and the Percy Jackson books often being considered a wonderful mashup of Harry Potter and Greek mythology.

After a long three years, Logan Lerman (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” 2012) returns to the silver screen as Poseidon’s son, the titular character in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” as he teams with his band of demigod friends to locate the Golden Fleece, an item that will restore their dying safe haven, Camp Half-Blood.

Lerman’s admirable performance comes amidst a strong cast of actors and a swift plot filled with fun references to Grecian myth. While the film is not quite as rounded and entertaining as its predecessor, fans of the original should find this voyage appetizing and have much to look forward to as the series continues in the upcoming years.

Compared to the novels, this second outing lacks the signature charm and wit that can be found in the original. Screenwriter Marc Guggenheim, who penned the awfully convoluted “Green Lantern” (2011), did not have the best handle on these characters. Thankfully, however, the actors are talented enough to make the characters bigger than what was written on the page. Much like he did in Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” this year, the always-funny Nathan Fillion sweeps you off your feet and has you eternally chuckling as Hermes. There’s even a joke thrown in for attentive Browncoats, fans of the cult TV series “Firefly,” in the audience.

Despite its numerous flaws and a somewhat unsatisfying and abrupt ending, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” still puts a thrilling twist on the traditional tales of the Greeks. For newcomers to the series, it may be somewhat underwhelming in its reliance on the series as a whole, serving as a filler track in the series. Fortunately, there are more fun and exciting things to come in the saga of Percy Jackson, and this movie remains an enjoyable and amusing ride for the whole family.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” opens today.

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