So, on Friday I went to see Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters it was… Different. I’ve read the book several times and was really excited to see the movie but the movie was quite different from the books. Now, I know that’s not always a bad thing but it’s not always a good thing either. I mean, I know that some books translate better to the big screen than others but a fantasy action movie for kids there’s not much they can get wrong with something like that. The movie was so much more superficial than the book it was almost painful for a bibliophile like me. A lot of the Greek mythology was removed or toned down to the point that it didn’t even matter. We only got to see two Greek gods, Dionysus and Hermes. Hermes was probably my favorite character, he was played by Nathan Filion, and he makes a reference to Firefly!
I left the theater with my fiancée and he asked me to tell him three plot points that were the same as the book, after which I decided to tell him many of the plot points that were different!
There are a few scenes in the movie that come across feeling very Harry Potter-ish, for instance one of the characters hails a cab and it ends up feeling like a ride on the Knight Bus. The irony here is that for the Percy Jackson series the aged the characters and waited to release more movies until after Harry Potter was done in order to avoid seeming like a copycat of that series.
Near the climax of the movie they decided to add in some suspense by trying to make us worry about the safety of a character, however they already had a solution to that problem before they brought it up. I hate spoilers but I’m going to do this anyway… If you know anything about the Golden Fleece from Greek mythology then you know what I’m talking about.
On the plus side, the changes to the script from the book made it so that I didn’t know what was going to happen.
This movie was, once again, in 3-D. I am so done with 3-D. But I am a slave to my entertainment so I will continue to watch 3-D movies if I have to.
Would I watch Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters again? Well, If I wanted to see a light, PG rated, teen, fantasy, action flick without much depth, then yes. I would see this movie again.
And, let’s face it, sometimes that is the kind of movie I want to see.