Based on the books that I actually didn’t come to love until later on in the series, when Percy matures into a more Young Adult character instead of a middle grade boy, I wasn’t too sure how I would like the movie. I did enjoy the first movie, but nothing about it blew me away and frankly I have to say the same thing about the second movie.
While the graphics were phenomenal, the acting much better then the first and the story-line darker in this one, I couldn’t help but think that the movie was a little too inspired by other movie-greats for my taste. Scenes like the taxi-ride with the three fates, reminded me of the double-decker bus ride from Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban and the rise of Kronos had Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark all over it! This is a big turn-off for me when it comes to movies, because the PErcy Jackson books are so original, it is a shame that the movie-makers ripped-off other great scenes.
The story follows Percy Jackson, now planted firmly in his life in Camp Half-blood. During a routine competition, a bull breaks through the barrier of the camp, greatly injuring the tree and forcefield that protects the camp from the beings that would kill all the children of the gods. Their only solution is to go on an epic quest to find the Golden Fleece and heal the tree. The only problem? Clarisse , not Percy is chosen to go on the quest – even though a prophesy states that Percy must attain the fleece and battle Luke for it’s ownership.
With a star cast of Nathan Fillion (Firefly) as Hermes, Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games) as Clarisse, Stanley Tucci as Mr. D aka Dionysus and even Anthony Head (Buffy) as Chrion, there wasn’t a spare moment where I didn’t get all excited when I spotted a beloved favorite. Especially Fillion, who’s take on Hermes was fabulous.
I would recommend seeing this for fans of the series. I found myself enjoying the movie, even if little things did drive me crazy. My daughter enjoyed it and was able to follow along with me, there was nothing too violent or inappropriate for it’s PG rating.
This one actually lined up with the book a lot better then the first movie. The kids are still way older then their book versions, but at least they tried to get the hair colors right at least. A lot of things were changed though, like Tyson’s introduction and the politics with Chiron…along with Clarisse’s personality and her actual usefulness. The chariot race is also replaced with some kind of crazy moving wood thing and is out of order – this is what the movie opens with and is not actually in competition for the Quest…I could go on for a long time about the differences in the plots.