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Percy Jackson and The Sea Of Monsters (Review)

After a long wait of three and a half years, with growing impatience from fans, the sequel to Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, based on the popular Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, was released in movie theatres throughout the United States. A great way to end your summer vacation, this movie attracted many people everywhere. In this film, the only safe place for all demigods, Camp Half-Blood is doomed for destruction. The barrier that keeps the camp safe, a tree that used to be a demigod named Thalia (before she died trying to get to camp) has been poisoned. As the tree starts dying, monsters start breaking into camp and tensions rise as campers look for ways to save camp.

Thor Freudenthal directed Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. Freudenthal has also been credited for directing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, released in 2010, another popular hit for many children and adults. Another film that he has directed was the 2009 film Hotel For Dogs, a touching and emotional film with a hint of comedy.

The film centers around Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman), the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. In this film, this is revealed to be a terrible fate, as a prophecy by the Oracle says a child of the Big Three gods – Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus – will have the power of preserving or destroying Olympus on his or her twentieth birthday. Percy and his friends go on a quest to find the cure that will save the camp. His best friend, Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson) is a satyr, a half-human that has been captured by the infamous Cyclops, Polyphemus. His other friend, Annabeth Chase (Alexandra Daddario) also goes on the same quest with Percy to find the cure and to rescue Grover from the evil Cyclops. Percy and Annabeth are accompanied by Percy’s half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), also a Cyclops, to receive the cure and to rescue Grover.

At the box office, the film has made $139 million. On the opening day, the movie has grossed over $5.4 million. As of September 2, the film had grossed $56,729,466 domestically and $82,100,000 internationally. Despite being successful in the box office, the reviews aren’t as great as the amount of money the film is pulling in. The reviews of the film so far have mostly been mixed. One review on Rotten Tomatoes says “It’s pretty and packed with action; unfortunately, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is also waterlogged with characters and plots that can’t help but feel derivative.” Rottentomatoes.com gives the movie a rating of 30%. Metacritic.com gives this film a rating of 39 out of 100, with most of reviews being negative.

But critics aside, I like the movie. There is a lot of humor in this film, and I also like how in the movie, we learn a little bit about Greek mythology, as that is what most of the explaining is. The movie film is better than the first film, Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Lightning Thief. I think in this movie, they follow the plot more closely than the first one. I like the quality of the editing of this movie, but it could be improved. The film quality was much better in the first one. The costumes were really nice – you could tell that Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson were going on a very important quest by how casual their clothes looked. They could easily blend into the background because they aren’t wearing ridiculously glamorous, $500 dresses. But the villains looked too casual. I thought that they needed to be a little bit more fashionable, so that it could very convincing that they are super evil people that might destroy the world. But no, they had to look like any typical person going out to the mall with his friends. The villain costumes seriously need a lot of improvement.

But overall, I’m glad I went. I would give it 4 stars out of 5. If you are a person that is very picky about film adaptation, then Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters is NOT for you. The film does include some violence, and minor swear words, so I would not recommend this movie for anyone under the age of 10.

 

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