Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Movie Review ... Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters


percy-jackson-sea-of-monsters-poster1Like most franchises, the ‘Percy Jackson’ movies are based on a book series.  Written by Rick Riordan they successfully mix teen angst within a fantastical setting.  This allows for generally strong characterisation utilising Greek mythology with skill.  Full of energy and the obligatory dazzling CGI ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ continues from the strong foundation of the first movie to deliver more exciting escapades.

When his home is threatened by fearsome foes, Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is enlisted to save the day.  Embodied with powers from Greek gods, he searches for the Golden Fleece amongst a sea of monsters.   With it he can save his land and friends including Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario).  What follows is a mythical adventure full of the danger only the son of Poseidon can expect.

Percy Jackson’s latest film instalment works due to its simplicity.  It easy to follow plot enables more engagement in its characters plight.  The small central cast embody their roles well with Lerman making for a convincing hero.  Thor Freudenthal’s direction maintains momentum with enough ‘quiet moments’ ensuring proceedings don’t descend into a CGI-fest.  Whilst the special effects are clearly evident they don’t get in the way of the involving story.

This overall improvement on the first Percy Jackson film ensures more creativity in the action sequences.  They aid in establishing a child-like wonder instead of being childish and talking down to its audience.  ‘Sea of Monsters’ is a mature children’s yarn all ages can enjoy with a fine blending of humour and thrills. 

‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ is a pleasing addition to its genre.  Fast paced with a decent cast and script, it whets the appetite for further adventures which is the aim of any cinematic enterprise.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  7

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