Percy and his fellow demigods return to save their people in ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.’ So, did the gods of criticism love or hate this sequel?
Logan Lerman is back as the demigod son of Poseidon in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the highly-anticipated sequel to Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. The film follows Percy and his friends (Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson) on an epic adventure, as they search for the Golden Fleece in the Sea of Monsters. The sequel also features The Hunger Games’ Leven Rambin and fantastic supporting roles from Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci. But did this film follow-up meet the critics great expectations?
The reviews aren’t exactly glowing — or even overwhelmingly positive — but we think the critics are overthinking this teen summer flick.
‘Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters’ Reviews
Los Angeles Times
The film, directed by Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) from a script by Marc Guggenheim, doubles as a kind of crash course in Greek mythology, though its more academic references and middling-joke asides may elude much younger viewers. Still, tweens and young teens should be sufficiently distracted by the movie’s brisk pace and heroic mayhem — if they’re not too unnerved by its at times nightmarish imagery.
Nathan Fillion is the movie’s brightest spot as Hermes, re-envisioned as a UPS manager. He makes a quip about how the best TV series always get canceled, in a nod to Firefly, the iconic sci-fi show in which he starred…The saga gets points for attempting to illuminate the world of Greek mythology for young audiences, but it’s too bad that the result is largely lackluster.
Running counter to the regurgitative nature of the rest of the movie, one animated sequence relates the death of Kronos with stained glass figures come to life; iconography-wise, it’s a bit of a hodgepodge, but it’s the one visually interesting scene in the film….But for every imaginative bit there’s more than enough wan recitation of the usual mystical-magical YA clichés, unfunny gags (are those “ethnic” snakes on Hermes’s herald staff?), plus sad-sack borrowings from other, better films like Raiders of the Lost Ark or Star Wars. Even for those missing their Harry Potter fix, this is some weak, watered-down stuff.
It has a witty, multi-layered teen point of view, with appropriate mentions of acne. Yet in the film spell things out in a tediously prosaic way, as when when Percy declares that we make our own destinies. Marc Guggenheim, the screenwriter, also writes comics for DC; perhaps his ability to deliver one-note slogans was a calling card.
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— Avery Thompson