Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a 2013 fantasy movie released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Thor Freudenthal. It is the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Based on the book by Rick Riordan, the film stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Leven Rambin, and Douglas Smith. It gross $202 million worldwide on a $90 million budget.
Why It Sucks
- Like the first film, it's unfaithful to its source material; the quest for the Golden Fleece remains, but there are many pointless changes made that don't benefit the story.
- The characters personalities were changed drastically. For example, Percy goes from saving the camp for selfless reasons in the book, to doing so for personal glory in the movie.
- Annabeth, (as pointed out by The Dom in his Lost in Adaptation review) unlike the book, where she saved Percy a number of times, contributes little to the story other than complaining.
- Clarisse and Tyson are made to be more good looking than their book counterparts, which could've made them interesting characters.
- Kronos is shown too early in the series.
- Also, according to the movie, it took the combined powers of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades to defeat Kronos, but later Percy is able to defeat him in less than five minutes. ON HIS OWN!!!
- Due to the previous movie's lack of sequel bait, this one had to rush everything that was left out that should've been established, i.e. Annabeth's blonde hair, the Mist, Thalia's tree, etc.
- In the opening and closing monologues, Logan Lerman sounds bored.
- Despite wrapping up the arc with Kronos and Luke, it ends with the book's cliffhanger. This was rather confusing because it makes you wonder if the filmmakers wanted a sequel or not.
- Plot holes; The Mist apparently had to be applied via spray, but is later shown to work like normal. Also, as stated in the movie, Poseidon has no control over the Sea of Monsters, but Percy can still use his powers in one scene. Finally, why didn't the group destroy Kronos' sarcophagus instead of leaving it out in the open?
- Some of the humor feels dated, immature or out of place.
- A lot of the book's epicness and violence was pointlessly toned down.
- A lot of future plot lines are spoiled in this movie (Silena Beauregarde and Ethan Nakamura's roles) or dropped entirely (Grover's quest to find Pan).
- Percy has an unresolved arc with Poseidon.
- This film pretty much killed any further movie adaptations.
- The scene with Hermes, played by Nathan Fillion, was pretty humorous.
- The designs for Kronos, the Manticore, the Colchis Bull, and the Hippocampus are amazing and creative.
- Some of Dionysus' jokes landed. Stanley Tucci portrays his book counterpart good.
- The soundtrack is great.
- The action scenes are fun.
- It's not as bad as a stand alone movie.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has a 43% overall rating and on Metacritic, it has an overall score of 39 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
- On March 25, 2014, Lerman stated that a third Percy Jackson film would not be made; he later stated that while he would consider making another movie, he feared that he and his Percy Jackson co-stars had aged too much to continue playing their characters. Any hopes for a third film has since been cancelled with the announcement of a TV Reboot of the franchise for Disney+ with Rick Riordan being heavily involved in making the series and even writing its pilot episode.