Monday, 12 August 2013

Movie Review - Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters


Really, the hippocampus shouldn't be there.
  I became a fan of the Percy Jackson franchise because of the first movie.  A friend prompted me to read the first book and compare it to the film adaptation.  There were huge alterations with the movie treatment but it just made the reading of the novels more enjoyable because of not knowing what to expect (plus the complaints one will generate, hehe).  That being said, I was rather excited to know how the second adaptation would fare, good or ill.

  The Sea of Monsters is the destination of Percy and his friends as they have to retrieve the legendary Golden Fleece on a mission of mercy for a tree.  They make new allies and encounter old foes as they race for the prize and defy the fated prophecy.

  Well, the sequel follows suit with the changes from the book.  The second novel is a simpler adventure so the movie streamlines the plot but cutting out or switching some incidents.  It ultimately doesn't affect the overall plot with the exception of the finale.  That should have been saved for the fifth film, if it gets made.  But removing a beastie or two, changing the circumstance of an encounter, those are almost forgivable, unless one is a die hard purist, haha.

  The wonders of CGI continue forth with a spectacular depiction of a mechanical bull.  Simply amazing.  The manticore was a decent foe, though kept in the background.  The evil cyclops was better rendered than the final big bad but expectations were just not met in terms of grandeur.  The friendly cyclops was distracting as it is the actor's portrayal that gives him negative biases.

  The plot really was simple.  Just go from Point A to Point B.  There were some parts of prompts head scratching ala the use of the hippocampus and others that are awkward like the eye popping taxi ride or the crossdressing section. The balance between humor and seriousness is a little strange as there were actual fatalities but it is ultimately a lighthearted adventure.  The novels achieves the proper mix of the tense yet fun atmosphere.  The film's tone fits with what they set in the first movie though.

  Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters is a high adventure flick.  The younger audience will enjoy the action if they're not frightened by the visuals but the older crowd might be more discerning.  Just just hope the continue on and complete the series up to the fifth novel.

SPOILERS!!!  Don't look unless you've seen the movie or else the mechanical bull will give you a ride of a lifetime.  A short lifetime.
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  Did Grover feed his captors to the cyclops?  That's harsh!

  Nathan Fillion as Hermes was interesting but he needs to get back in shape.  Hermes is fleet of feet.

  Percy and the others were practically just phoning in their performances.  There was an attempt at depth but I didn't feel it as I was checking the visuals.  The threat of the prophecy wasn't intense enough and Luke wasn't really that menacing.  That said, Clarice, was pretty awesome.  Shame her satyr died.

  Loved the mechanical bull.  Can't say that enough.  He was awesome!  A transformer with varied weapons.  The manticore was great too but needed to have an iconic profile.

  The heavy use of bloody battle damage, especially on Percy was surprising and interesting.  They were really showing that it's not all fun and games.

  The humor was fine.  Might seem forced or out of place but most are in the book, like the stupid cross dressing, the taxi scramble and the zombie sailors.  At least they're canon.

  Can't wait for the next one!  Thalia better be more awesome than Clarice!  I will admit to tearing up a bit when she was staring up into the stars and breathing slowly as she died.  She was so young and so brave.  Argh, why did they make her older?  That meant she lost years of her life!

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