I am a sucker for fantasy family films. I love the Narnia films, adore The Golden Compass, love all the classic 80s fare like The Goonies, Labyrinth and Legend, and all the films that inspired them like the works of Ray Harryhausen. The first Percy Jackson film in 2010 was a solid hit but no one was really talking about it. I was a big fan and found it full of imagination and some pretty cool effects work. I didn’t actually know they were going to do a follow up but was pleased when I heard Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters was coming.
When a spirit tree that protects Camp Half-Blood is poisoned and the safety of Percy Jackson and all the other half-blood’s is threatened, it is up to Percy and his newly discovered half-brother, and Cyclops, Tyson, as well as his friends from Camp Half-Blood to go on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece, the only thing that can heal the tree. But with evil forces also looking to get the fleece and free the evil Kronos to destroy Olympus, Percy may be in for more than he bargained for.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters does what not a lot of sequels can. It is better than the original. With more developed effects, a classic mythology journey and the charisma oozing from its leads, this outing felt fresh, fast paced and exciting. The adventure is full of fantastical creatures, amazing set pieces and kinetic action. Logan Lerman, who recently blew me away with his performance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is perfect as Percy and confidently carries the film on his shoulders like a pro. Backed up by the excellent Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson and the always fun support of Stanley Tucci, Anthony Head and Nathan Fillion in a classic little role, this franchise shows no signs of slowing down and I hope we get to see more installments soon.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is very nice. A clean, crisp picture beautifully shows off the films color palette and the detail is astounding. The soundtrack is sure to rattle a few dishes as well and there are some cool special features for the hardcores as well. Overall Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is an excellent sequel and a great adventure fantasy film in its own right.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.