Percy Jackson and the rest of the Olympians are back for a sequel in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” And, this is not a good movie. I watched it and all I can remember about it is Alexandra Daddario’s character does way less than in the original, there’s a cyclops and it’s a sequel to the original.
I haven’t read the source material for these movies. I enjoyed the first one of these movies, even though I had very little backstory to build from. Rick Riordan has famously panned the movies based on his book series and after having watched this one, I can see why. While the first was enjoyable for me, having not read the books, this one has a lame plot, worse CGI somehow and takes away almost every enjoyable aspect of the characters from the first film. Simply put, I’m glad Riordan is involved with a series and not with this movie. After enjoying the first film, I’m eager to see more content based on this series, but after seeing this one, I’m good. This one tanks the movie series, but I’m hopeful for a TV series that has the author working as a creative force.
The only good thing I can say about this film is you can tell the actors want this to be a good film. All of the actors are trying their best to make this work. While their talents range from passable to absolutely great in other films and TV series I’ve seen them in, they can’t improve this. Margot Kidder once famously said, “You can’t make a good movie out of bad script no matter how talented you are.” That’s what’s happening here. It’s a bad script with bad direction. I don’t blame the actors for the failure of this film.
This disappointing sequel took away a lot of the hope I had for this series. The ties to Olympus and Greek Mythology are still interesting to me, and I want to see this done right. If I could give this film negative stars, I would. I was bored. The action didn’t bring me in. The dialogue didn’t bring me in. The appearance of Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion and Anthony Head; three amazing actors; didn’t bring me in. This film fails on basically every level.
Ranking: 0.5 stars out of 5.
What did you think of “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters?”