Friday, August 09, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

by Reymundo Salao

In PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, Percy Jackson, son of Greek god Poseidon, embarks on a journey with his friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save a magical tree containing the spririt of Zeus's daughter Thalia who died at the gates of Camp Half-Blood whilst saving Annabeth and Luke and Grover. This tree protects their training ground, Camp Half-Blood. They must travel to the Sea of Monsters to save it, and find the challenges that may await them.

This movie, which is directed by Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) is a sequel to PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, the second movie to what is expected to be a long line of Percy Jackson movie series, based on the Percy Jackson series of books by Rick Riordan. [hit the jump to continue]

I have not seen the first movie, nor have I read the book. Regardless of which, I enjoyed SEA OF MONSTERS nonetheless. The few references to the previous movie did not pose as a hindrance to understanding the movie. One has just to use some common sense to understand that many of these characters do know each other from the previous adventure, and some may have existing qualms to settle. 

This movie pretty much works in a very satisfactory manner. It is not impressive at all; but it is not ugly, revolting, or dull either. Although it has some epic scenes, it does not seem to be the kind of movie that has an obligation to deliver epic action, but it sure does go the distance and meet you halfway with its eye candy.

Speaking of eye candy, there are some creature designs that raised my eyebrow with delight, such as the design of the mechanical bull, and that of a big bad main character at the climax, which reminded me of classic Marvel/DC comics.

The cast include Logan Lerman as the title character Percy Jackson, Brandon Jackson as the Satyr Grover Underwood, and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase. The actors and actresses may have substandard acting abilities, but they are never annoying and/or boring to watch. Somehow, they can still get your sympathy in some way, with just enough charm to keep you from having thoughts of walking out on the movie.

It can be fairly argued that this movie seeks to be “the next Harry Potter” acknowledging the strength of the young adult audience demographic that has made the Harry Potter series immensely successful. Although it could not reach near the level of Harry Potter, it does deliver something close to it, if not in quality, but in format instead.

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS is the kind of movie that will have mixed reactions; because at some points, it is simply fun, while at some points it just feels like a TV show. It’s a cute little movie to waste your time with; but if you have other things to do, or other movies to watch, you won’t be missing much by ignoring PERCY JACKSON. All in all, it is a mildy nice little fantasy adventure that is best recommended for young teen audiences

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