[Movie Review] Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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The trident symbol of Poseidon gleams from Percy’s blade.

Okay, when did ticket prices go up to 13 bucks? And when did popcorn and a soda start costing 14 dollars? I’m starting to think going to the movies is less of a family-friendly adventure and more of an investment. Anyways, I was lucky enough to convince a friend to join me (and pay for me!) while watching Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. As an avid reader of young-adult novels such as “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games,” I was ridiculously excited to see the son of Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) in yet another wave-tackling adventure.

As the son of a god and a mortal woman, Percy Jackson and other half-bloods like him are trained at a demigod academy called Camp Half-Blood. I know, not the most imaginative name. It’s no Hogwarts.

In the first movie, Percy Jackson (played by Logan Lerman) saves the Earth from the destruction of a possible civil war between his father Poseidon and his uncle Zeus, the Greek god of lightning. After forging peace between the two brothers, Percy Jackson is seen as a celebrity in the eyes of all mythical creatures. But, in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, his celebrity status has begun to fade amidst questions of whether or not his godly powers were actually skill, or just beginner’s luck.

Lucky, or maybe not so lucky for him, his powers are once again tested by a new adventure. When the magical barrier protecting the training facility is breached, Percy and his pals are called upon to defend both humans and demigods yet again. Okay, you’re wondering, but how did it get breached? Don’t worry. I won’t spoil it for you.

The movie starts off slow, just generally recapping the first movie with shots of Percy and all his friends hanging together. You know, to show he’s not just a demigod, but also a teenager. It’s not until 20 minutes into the film that it really picks up in terms of action. Percy and friends Annabeth Chase (played by Alexandra Daddario), Grover Underwood (Brandon T. Jackson) and his half-brother Tyson (Douglas Smith), leave Camp Half-Blood in search of The Golden Fleece, a magical piece of fabric capable of healing the camp’s breached barrier (as well as anyone or anything on the verge of death). The group travels to the Sea of Monsters, assumed to be the Bermuda Triangle (the real-life scary place where everyone thinks aliens are hiding), and is interrupted by old enemies (and some new) that are also interested in The Golden Fleece.

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Talk about a seahorse!

Now, I’d go into some crazy detail about the monsters and fighting, but like I said I’d rather not spoil it for you. Instead, I’ll get you excited and hopefully interested in going to watch it. Sea of Monsters is the perfect movie to sit back, relax, and enjoy with family and friends. Though they fail to use a lot of the Greek mythology that made the books so informative, the funny dialogue makes up for it somewhat. Not to mention the beautiful shots of the ocean, lush forest backdrops, and breathtaking CGI action scenes.

As the star of the movie, actor Logan Lerman truly excels in keeping the attention on him. Even while playing the role of a larger-than-life superhero, he still managed to showcase Percy Jackson’s very real fears of losing the only home for demigods, and even his father’s respect. The rest of the cast doesn’t shine as bright as Percy – I’ll blame that on their lack of storyline – but are great support fighters in the battles.

I seriously would not recommend buying the popcorn or drinks at 16 bucks a bucket, but what kind of person would I be if I told you not to buy that buttery-goodness? Responsible, I guess! Anyways, get your friends, parents, and a big bucket of popcorn, because Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is worth a watch. The final verdict? B.

Images and video courtesy of 20th Century Fox.