Written December 26, 2014
This is a awesome movie. This movie is in my top ten.
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 July 30, 2015
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!
Written June 25, 2016
Having not seen the first one yet, I can't comment on how it compares. The characters are likeable enough and the effects and 3D are enjoyable. While nothing super new here, it's enjoyable fare and Greek mythology lovers or D&D fans will appreciate some of the monster references in particular.