Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters-A Movie and Book Review

27 Aug

Hi! Because I recently saw the Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters movie, and I just read the book, I thought I would do a double review to compare the two…

Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters Movie Poster

Cast-

  • Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson
  • Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase
  • Brandon T. Jackson as Grover
  • Jake Abel as Luke
  • Douglas Smith as Tyson
  • Leven Rambin as Clarisse

Summary: After constantly losing to fellow demigod, Clarisse in almost every activity at Camp Half-Blood, Percy Jackson (son of the god of the sea, Poseidon) is wondering if his luck has run out after his first quest. But, when Thalia’s tree, the only thing keeping Camp Half-Blood safe from vicious monsters is poisoned, Percy jumps at the chance to redeem himself. Along with his friends Grover, Tyson, and Annabeth, Percy must venture into the sea of monsters to find the mysterious golden fleece in order to rescue his home.

My Thoughts: This was a very fun summer movie to go and see, and I really enjoyed it! (Maybe not as much as the first one, but still…) It was a very nice adaption of the book, having only a few changes, but it left the major parts. The sets for the film were very well done, as were the special effects, which made the movie more entertaining, (even if that made the Oracle kind of creepy!) and easier to believe. The acting was also well done, and I thought that the characters were brought to life with detail. Although, I do agree with other reviewers that the actors do on match the ages of the characters in the book (13-14), but it wasn’t clear if the film was following the age group anyways. Overall, I thought that this was a very fun movie that I give three and three quarter stars out of five!

The Sea Of Monsters By Rick Riordan

Summary: Percy Jackson has finally gotten through a full year of school without being hunted down by greek monsters or angry gods. Well…until the last day when blood-thirsty creatures invade a dodge ball game. After returning to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods where they train for battle, Percy discovers that his best friend Grover is in grave danger, and that he has a half brother…who happens to be a cyclops. Even worse, Thalia’s tree (which protects the camp) has been poisoned by his enemy, former camper, Luke, who is plotting to bring a horrible monster back to over rule Olympus. Can Percy save the camp, and stop Luke for good?

My Thoughts: After borrowing the whole series for the week, I immediately got started reading yesterday afternoon, and finished this book last night! It was an amazing story complete with adventure, humor, and fun characters that kept me entertained from cover to cover. It had several interesting plots going on at the same time, but they all worked together, and the book still flowed easily. The journey to get the golden fleece brought many interesting settings that were  detailed and brought a new aspect to the story. I also liked that Thaila’s story was introduced in the first book and continued into this one, unlike the movie where it was introduced in the second one.

The characters in this book were well-developed and detailed. I thought that Percy was a refreshing main character, and the book had several fun supporting characters too! Annabeth was probably my favorite one in the whole story, because of her braveness, spunk, and she was just plain likable. Grover added a comical relief to the book, even if he was absent for most of it. Even Clarisse softened up for this story, which made her more entertaining to read about.

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than I did it’s movie adaption, and can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I give it four and a half stars out of five.

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