Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters  (D).  The previous entry in this series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was a box-office dud in America, and justifiably so. Unfortunately it did well enough overseas to beget this even duller and dudlier sequel.  If you are new to the material, it’s easy enough to catch up: the Greek gods are real, they still enjoy romancing mortals, and when a deity has a child with a mortal, that half-blood child inherits some mythological powers and needs to go live at Hogwarts for demigod training and for protection from evil forces.  But of course, they also occasionally leave their sanctuary to go on quests that are theoretically (but not actually) magical and exciting, or else there would be no movies.  Here, our nominal hero, Percy (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), leads a small band on a quest to find the golden fleece.  Lerman makes a bland and mopey hero, and the wall-to-wall CGI effects do nothing to add interest.  Seriously, the 1963 stop-motion Jason and the Argonauts was way more exciting.  A few brightish spots: I kind of enjoyed the scene with the ironclad Confederate warship and zombie crew.  Nathan Fillion (Serenity) adds a splash of charisma as Hermes.  And although I’m not sure she can act, Alexandra Daddario (The Lightning Thief), who plays Athena’s daughter Annabeth, is a total knockout.

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