Written August 21, 2014
I rated this so-so. For some reason, some of the 'magic' of the PJ series felt like it was lost on SOM. Perhaps it was the fact that he is obviously not 13, nor Clarisse ugly, and Dionysus wooden (set Stanley Tucci free, you dolts!). The largest failure was the choice to depart from the story as outlined in the book. Quick nerd alert for any writers out there; this is always a no-no. If your demographic is people who read the book, do not compromise on the movie! Stay true to the themes which worked on paper.
Add to the fact that the acting/dialogue got a little campy, and you'll find yourself in my shoes; wishing I had seen Red 2 instead.
Mayhap I am looking back at the first movie tainted by rosy-glassed memory; my gut is this was not nearly as well done as 'Lightning Thief'.
The books are superb reading in the YA/Fantasty genre. This second flick simply didn't hold up 2 the 1st.
High point was Nathan Fillion as Hermes. Rent it on DVD, unless you MUST see in theater
Written September 01, 2013
This movie is not great but it is entertaining and worth seeing. The special effects are top notch and the acting adequate. As usual, the book was much better.
Written August 30, 2013
The movie was great. I personally didn't read the books but the movies are pretty good in my opinion. Definitely a must see. Family friendly as well.
Written August 29, 2013
I haven't read the books and didn't have any expectations before seeing the movie. My 7 year old son, however, is a big fan, so I took him. He said this was the best movie he's ever seen, and we're going to see it a second time today. I enjoyed the movie - great special effects and fun character portrayals. My son loved the battle on the yacht scene. My son is on the third book, The Titan's curse, and can't wait for that movie to come out. I would say anyone who likes action adventure films would find it enjoyable.
Written September 20, 2014
Visually exciting...if you hadn't read the books. But silly. It took the remaining four Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, threw out a lot of plot line and compressed it into one movie...with strange elements. I saw the first movie and used that to justify reading the books. So now I know how poorly the producers have degraded the film project.