This movie’s been out for a little while now, and I had put off seeing it until a couple days ago. I really didn’t want to watch it, especially after talking to my brother, who saw it before me. When I asked him how it was, he responded that it was about as good as the first one, which meant not that good at all. However, I would like to take this time to say that, now that I have seen the movie, I disagree with my brother. I think Sea of Monsters is better than The Lightning Thief, though not by much.
One of the biggest complaints with the last movie was that it didn’t modernize the gods, which was a big deal. Their modernization gave them a lot more personality in the books and it just made them all the more enjoyable. This movie does just that, and it is probably the only thing about this movie that makes it better than the previous one. Of course, the only god we really see is Hermes, played by Nathan Fillion, so we know it’s a good part, and it was. The scene with Hermes was quite possibly my favorite scene in the entire movie. It takes place in a delivery store and factory, where we get to see what kind of job Hermes works, and it comes complete with magical scotch tape. It was just so much fun to watch, and Nathan being a decent actor gave us a break from everyone else who couldn’t act.
While the kid who plays Percy did a somewhat decent job, something about Alexandra Daddario’s performance as Annabeth left much to be desired. I couldn’t feel for her character at all. Even at the end when she “died”, I didn’t care—and also because I knew she was going to be resurrected immediately with the Golden Fleece, a magical piece of cloth that has the power to save anyone or anything. Annabeth’s biggest emotional struggle this movie comes about from her dislike of Percy’s half-brother Tyson, who’s a Cyclops. Many years ago, Annabeth saw a Cyclops kill one of her friends, and she’s held a grudge ever since. Though we know her past, Annabeth seemed more than disconnected from it, and she didn’t come across as someone grieving. She came across as bigoted for no reason.
Additionally, this movie follows along with the first one, in that it completely adds scenes that screw with the continuity of the later books. It’s been awhile since I’ve read the series, but I’m pretty sure that Luke did not resurrect Kronos at the end of this book. And even if he did, I’m pretty sure that Kronos didn’t eat him. But don’t worry, because Percy kills Kronos and Luke gets freed from his belly, just in time to be eaten again by an evil Cyclops.
It also doesn’t help that every scene is just filled to the brim with stupid decisions. In the first movie, the characters seemed to know things just because the script demanded that they be aware of things that they couldn’t logically know—Hades wanting to use the power of the Lightning Bolt to take over Olympus, for example—but in this movie, they seem to lack common sense. For example, Percy has the ability to manipulate water, but he conveniently forgets that he has the awesome power whenever the script demands him to forget it.
I really wouldn’t recommend this movie, especially because there are so many other good films that you could be watching instead. Or at the very least, read the books. For everything I may have enjoyed about this feature, there were two more things I hated. Unfortunately, this movie, like the last one, doesn’t do its source material any justice, and I would honestly be surprised if the third book ever makes it to the big screen after this.