Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Running Time: 106 minutes
Before I go into this one I want to point out that I have never read the Percy Jackson books and from what I hear, there are a lot of things missing from the first film Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, as well as its sequel. That being said, I won’t focus too hard on what is missing and discuss what I actually saw!
Now, one of my hang ups about the first film that was reiterated in the sequel was the lack of skill from the demigods. Percy and his friends, although living at Camp Half-Blood and supposedly spending all their time training for some impending epic battle, when it comes down to it, don’t seem to do anything particularly special. This isn’t a criticism more than just a disappointment that considering these children are spawn of legendary deities, their perks from this are limited. Once again, I haven’t read the books so if they have “powers” of which I am unaware, feel free to let me know. I just feel that Percy’s powers other than obvious healing from water, being able to breathe under it and, what was impressive, ride it, seem a bit limited.
The story itself is fine. Demigod sent on a quest to get the Golden Fleece to save his home from imminent destruction. Cool, I can dig that. What I can’t dig is why the children have to do these epic trials and not the adults who are supposedly there to protect them. Okay, so he has to fulfil a prophecy, so what? Take some responsibility man. Demigods are for life, not just for Christmas.
Funny one liners, two Cyclops, a few satyrs, a centaur and a golden fleece are always going to be a fun night out at the cinema. I didn’t expect too much and that’s exactly what I got, not too much but for once, im not particularly complaining about it. Percy’s personal battles as to whether he is good enough is a good central theme and is further explored but only at the end of the film, ultimately making you want to see the next film. When we will receive this is as yet unknown but as it is a book, you can always find out if you don’t know already. The special effects of the film are good, the script’s a bit bland when they’re not making a joke but as it isn’t too long a film, you don’t get bored of it too quickly.
A little guilty pleasure from this one, so take some kids and grab some popcorn. Its really just a bit of fun, nothing heavy 🙂