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Percy Jackson, Sea of Monsters
I would have written about Lee Daniels’ The Butler but so many have already reviewed this film that anything I might say would not be particularly original.
Just go see this aweso he Civil Rights movement, it provides a history that we should never forget, because if we forget history, we’re bound to repeat it.
So, I went to see Percy Jackson, Sea of Monsters. I love sci-fi, but more than that I love fantasy (Harry Potter, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe), so Percy Jackson, Sea of Monsters is right up my alley (can you say immature?)
Apparently I’m in the minority (being immature, that is) because there were seven people at the theatre when I went on Sunday afternoon. This is the first film in the series and will likely come in third for the weekend box office take.
Percy, who is actually the son of Poseidon (who fathered a child with a human), lives in a safe place with others whose relatives are gods. When their safe place is threatened, Percy and his friends (including a half-bother—Poseidon was a busy god as he also fathered a child with a nymph. When a god fathers a child with a nymph, the result is a cyclopes (or the ocular impaired for the politically correct). Just wanted you to know that in case you might be tempted to seek out a nymph or two.)
Anyway, to save the day, the little group must find the Golden Fleece which is in the Sea of Monsters (which humans call The Bermuda Triangle).
Good special effects add to the adventure. This film is shot in Super 35, although the credits indicate it was “filmed in Panavision.”
Not many “stars” in this one. Stanley Tucci, as Mr. D, Anthony Head as Chiron, a few satrys, Logan Leman (we’ve seen him in Perks of Being a Wallflower) as Percy, and Alexandra Daddario who plays Annabeth, who actually found out she was prone to sea sickness while filming the yacht and lifeboat scenes—lucky girl!
I liked this. Take your grandchildren if they are younger than 12, take the 10-year-old from next door. Don’t take anyone expecting any form of sophistication, but it will do for someone who wants a simple story, some ‘magic,’ real seahorses, and some fantasy.
I give Percy Jackson, Sea of Monsters 3 1/2 reels.ss