Thank God there are only two of these movies! They tried to follow the book a bit, but still missed the target by a million miles! It’s incredible to witness.
On the way to Camp Halfblood, a young Annabeth, Luke, Thalia, and Grover are attacked by a cyclops. Thalia sacrifices herself for her friends, and her dad Zeus transforms her into a tree to preserve her life and protect the camp.
Luke poisons the tree and releases a Colchis Bull to destroy the camp. He plans to resurrect Kronos from the dead to have his revenge on the gods who killed him and their offspring. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, along with Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Percy’s newly discovered brother Tyson (Douglas Smith) need to find the Golden Fleece to heal Thalia’s tree and put a stop to Luke’s plan!
So many problems. So little space to complain!
- Annabeth uses an iPad at Camp Halfblood. Readers know that electronics attract monsters and aren’t allowed!
- Percy’s prophesied death is a possibility at age 16, not 20, but when you age the characters, age adjustments are needed.
- There’s no neuro link between Percy and Grover like in the book. This connection was to alert them to when one or the other was in danger.
- Kronos wasn’t supposed to be resurrected until book 4. What’s his resurrection doing in Sea of Monsters?!
5 Ethan Nakamura and Silena Beauregard make brief appearances/ are mentioned, but don’t appear until later into the series.
And that is just several, not all, of the things that screenwriter Marc Guggenheim got wrong!
Now for the list of the things I liked:
- The cast, especially Nathan Fillion as Hermes, and that Castle reference was great.
- It was funnier than the Lightning Thief.
- No sexual innuendo (that I heard anyway)
In the end, Sea of Monsters is like someone, maybe an assistant director or something, read the books. Then he chose his favorite parts, put them in a hat, mixed them up, and drew. Then this mess of a script got written, approved, and shot. The Disney Plus adaptation can’t come fast enough! Disney, please don’t screw this up!