Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters less than mythic
Percy Jackson: the Sea of Monsters is kind of like a homecoming of sorts for fans of Joss Whedon. It’s not that Whedon actually had anything to do with the movie, but Anthony Stuart Head and Nathan Fillion both have parts. If you are a Fillion fan, his part as Hermes is worth the price of admission.
The rest of the movie is okay, but it doesn’t stick with you. Unless you are a big fan of the Jackson universe, you probably won’t be talking about the movie even a couple days after it comes out. That doesn’t make it a bad film. It is just forgettable.
The biggest thing that makes it forgettable is that the characters do not have an emotional connection with each other. If you look at the Harry Potter series, with the exception of the last film, every movie was about the relationship between Hermione, Harry and Ron. You lived vicariously through their feelings of loyalty and love toward one another, and you want to be able to do the same thing with these characters.
Instead the movie focuses on special effects, action, and mixing mythic stories while neglecting the relationships between the characters. Even the ending is predictable. Honestly, characters in the film should have seen it coming.
The movie does touch on racism, but whatever. Aside from the stand out performance of Fillion, there is just no real reason to get excited about Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. If you choose to see it in the theater, save your money and avoid the 3D surcharge. The film did not make use of it very well.
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