'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' Movie Review

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"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" (Murray Close/20th Century Fox / August 8, 2013)

The second Percy Jackson movie is much, much better than the first.

At least, that's what we think.

I'm googling around...and many movie reviewers don't agree with us...but we're sticking to our convictions.

After reading the "Harry Potter" series, "The Hobbit," and the tales of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, the boys and I were delighted to find another set of books that are engaging, exciting and fun to read.  We are currently nearing the end of the 4th book in Rick Riordan's popular series about a teen who finds out he's Poseidon's son and may be the subject of a prophecy that either saves or brings down Mt. Olympus.

After finishing the first book, we were excited to order the 2010 movie, to see if our vision matched up with the film.  We were disappointed.  It was kind of lame.  Percy, played by Logan Lerman, lacked all of the comedic zip from the book and important scenes were missing. 

Nevertheless, we have been so ethused by our "Summer of Percy", reading the rest of the books, that we vowed to attend "Sea of Monsters" on opening night.  And, we weren't let down this time.  We found it to be fast, fun and well-done.  I am willing to bet that Lerman and Alaxandra Daddario, who plays Annabeth, got some acting lessons since their first gig.  Lerman, especially, seemed almost uncomfortable in his hero's shoes two years ago...but, not this go around.  He held himself with more confidence and seemed to really be channeling Percy.

There were some truly exciting scenes: the campers battling a mechanical bull, a crazy ride in a mythical taxi cab, Percy riding a wave after escaping from Luke's yacht.  Grover (Brandon T. Jackson), a satyr with goat legs, continues to be our favorite character while the addition of Percy's half-brother, Tyson, a cyclops played with one-eyed verve by Douglas Smith, worked well.

Pierce Brosnan did not return as Chiron, replaced by Anthony Head, yet veteran actor Stanley Tucci and "Castle's" Nathan Fillion are fun to watch in supporting roles.

The movie ends in similar fashion to the book, pretty much ensuring a future third installment on the big screen.

Sure, there are many comparisons you can make between Rick Riordan's demi-god and J.K. Rowling's boy wizard...not to mention Camp Half-Blood versus Hogwarts.  But, I'm not so sure that's a bad thing.  We actually really missed Harry after finishing the books.  He'd become part of the family!  So, getting involved in a similar yet different concept has been satisfying.

Perhaps I'm coming at from a unique angle, as a mom, just so pleased when my boys are engrossed with complex stories and interesting characters.  But, I found "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" to be a really fun, family night at the movies.

Did you see this film?

What did you think?

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