Written November 28, 2014
A little older, a little less humor, a little more responsibility and a lot more consequence. There’s more than a touch of the boy wizard’s magic (and a strong sense of deja vu) weaving throughout “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” (Which is a bit strange, since this movie wasn’t actually directed by a “Harry Potter” director, unlike the first film.) “Sea of Monsters” will appeal to typical moviegoers in their teen years, but fans of the book may be disappointed or angered by some creative licensing that took place. After the viewing this critic watched, there were more than a few audience members grumbling about some of the drastic changes. Take that for what you will. “Sea of Monsters” could have used a bit of work, especially with some of its stale writing, but it was a solid follow-up, and it should sate the longing for those who miss their yearly Harry Potter movies. Worse could be said of a movie.
Written January 30, 2015
took my 13, 10 and 7 year old boys to see this...they ALL read the books and had seen the first one. it was a MUCH bigger hit than the first with them...kept to the story a lot more (only one big deviation that we could recall)...and was fast-paced and funny with amazing graphics! it's very "fictional" as far as all the greek mythology that the books are based on...lots of wild creatures and things like that...but that would be expected for fans of the books. not really scary...my 7 year old sees lots of PG/PG-13 movies being a 3rd child, and he didn't bat an eye during this one...but there are a few "stressful" scenes (i'd describe them as that more than scary) if you have a young one who gets anxious. overall, a dramatic improvement from the first...and a good, fun summer movie!!
Written January 28, 2015
The movie was really good better than the first. However the producing group that produced it should not change the events of the story or major details from the books, such as Annabeth's hair!!! If you haven't read the books or haven't in a long time (like for me it's been 3 years) its a really good movies, and even if you have read them recently then you will like it too, but you may have to over look the fact that some of the foundations of the movie or details that are important for the story are changed.
Defiantly for all ages, from 5 to 16 to 50.
Written August 10, 2013
Jordan and I saw this movie after seeing Elysium. It was a good double feature movie.
I enjoyed the first movie better. I was moved to read the book after however, I'm no longer that into this series.
This movie seemed to empathize character development over CGI special effects, which is admirable, however, I was not pulled into the characters nor did I become engaged with the drama.
Throughout the movie I kept feeling like one of the characters actor was replaced from the first movie. I'm unsure if that is true, but this concern distracted me from the story and enjoying the movie.
Written August 20, 2014
Before you see this movie, know two things. First, that it is BASED on a book, it is by no means a direct translation. If you're just going to complain the whole time about how different the movie is from the book, save your money. Accept that the producers are going to change a lot of things and the author has zero control over any of them. Secondly, that it is made for CHILDREN. Kids aged 8-14 are the target audience so the screenplay is written in a simple, childish way so don't expect any complicated plot lines, deep character development or super high quality special effects.
As long as you understand those two things, it is a cute, entertaining movie if you're looking to kill a couple hours. It has plenty of cool action sequences that aren't bloody or violent and lots of witty banter that both kids and adults can appreciate. There's a few emotional moments but nothing too heavy. The ending even hinted at another sequel!