"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Roger Moore
Any thoughts that a second "
The cab may be driven by the three haggling, wisecracking Graeae of Greek myth -- blind women with one eye among them -- but it's a pure Potter picture moment.
And with every magical creature that turns up, which one of these half-human sons and daughters of Poseidon or Athena then identifies -- "Look, it's a Hippocampi!" "Oh no! It's a Charybdis!" -- the comparisons to
A prologue remembers a death, years ago, at
They're joined by Percy's dorky new half-brother, Tyson (
The movie starts out promisingly with the comical introduction of camp guru "Mr. D.," Dionysus, the witty Greek god of wine. Tucci is hilarious in the part, a god who loves his vino but is being punished by Zeus so every vintage bottle he opens with care turns to water in his glass: "You know, the Christians have a guy who can do this in reverse. Now that's a god!"
The always amusing
That gets at the central failing in this film. There's no life-and-death weight to it.
The quest, which takes our heroes to the Sea of Monsters, aka The Bermuda Triangle, is generic in the extreme. The fights/escapes all lack any sense of urgency and peril.
The first "Percy Jackson" movie wasn't a blockbuster, and yet this one sets us up for further adventures with these 20-something teenagers and their training camp. But until they give us a real sense that there's something truly at stake, why should we invest in it?
"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Movie Trailer
To save their world, Percy and his friends must find the fabled and magical Golden Fleece. Embarking on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters, they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil
MPAA rating: PG (for fantasy action violence, some scary images and mild language).
Running time: 1:46.
Credits: Directed by Thor Freudenthal; written by
Article: Copyright © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
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