Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Movie Review

August 8th, 2013 by

Oh my gods, could it be true? Is the second Percy Jackson movie finally out? Yes, three years after the first film, the newest movie, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, officially hit theaters yesterday!

But is it worth spending your hard-earned drachmas to see the film? You don’t need the Oracle of Delphi to tell you the answer, just check out our review below — told in animated images because this is a moving pictures review, after all! (Hardy har har.)

First things first — this post contains SPOILERS about the movie and book, so beware!

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And now back to the review: We were pretty excited about the movie, since it has been three years. So when we sat down in our seats, we were like:

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Karen is the tall one, and Nancy is the one with the giant head.

 

Did you like the movie overall?

KAREN: I have to admit, I didn’t like it as much as the first movie, but I think that’s because it’s been so much longer since I’ve read the books. Before seeing the film, I was actually furiously studying up to refresh my memory, and then afterwards I was all like:

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KAREN: But overall, I enjoyed the movie — especially the view of Logan Lerman’s face!

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NANCY: Yes, indeedy. We both agree that Logan Lerman’s face, if you’re a fan of that sort of thing, is a good reason to see the movie. But beyond his cute face, I actually liked this movie more than the first one — maybe it’s just because my expectations were lowered after that first movie, but I found Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters plenty enjoyable! 

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How did you feel about any differences from the original book?

tyson-two-eyesKAREN: Nancy can tell you, before the movie I was positively foaming at the mouth in rage over Tyson’s appearance. Tyson is one of my favorite characters in the series, and I always pictured him as a big, lovable, one-eyed dude.

Based on trailers and photos, I saw lots of Tyson looking like a normal two-eyed person instead of a Cyclops, and I was NOT happy with the movie people…

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But it turns out, Tyson’s feelings about his face and his choice to sometimes be two-eyed are part of the movie’s message. So then I was all:

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NANCY: Tyson’s eyes didn’t so much bother me, but I did expect him to be bigger! But my biggest beef with the movie was that they cut out a whole section that I thought could have been great: When Annabeth asks Percy to tie her to the mast of the Blackbeard’s ship so she can hear the Siren’s song (and see her greatest desires). I didn’t mind that there was no Blackbeard, but I thought that was really important to know how Annabeth still has hope for Luke!

What was your favorite part of the movie?

KAREN: Besides Logan Lerman?

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NANCY: It is pretty tough to beat that adorable face:

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KAREN:  I loved the scenes at Camp Half-Blood, especially the opening sequence with the camp competition. Seeing all the demigods in their element and feeling like I was there, I was all like:

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NANCY: Me too! The first scene with the camp challenge was great. Usually I’m not a huge fan of 3D, but I also thought the action scene with the bull was pretty kick-butt — especially when Percy figures out how to defeat it! For once, I was like this:

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NANCY: I also thought the animated sequence where show the legend of Kronos was pretty awesome. Remember the animated telling of The Tale of the Three Brothers in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2?

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It was just as cool as that!

What was your least favorite part of the movie?

KAREN: Weirdly, I felt like sometimes Percy and Annabeth weren’t acting with enough urgency on their quest. Like, hello, the lives of all your friends and the entire future of Camp Half-Blood depends on you guys!

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Also, I felt like Annabeth didn’t get to show off her awesome smarts and abilities enough. I mean, check her out in the first movie:

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NANCY: Well, this is kind of minor, but there’s a part in the movie where Percy busts out his awesome son of Poseidon powers, like when he did this in the first movie:

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NANCY: Well, in Sea of Monsters, there’s a scene where Luke is also able to surf on water! Uh, c’mon. Luke is the son of Hermes (who was awesome in the movie, BTW), and last I checked, the children of Hermes do not have the power of controlling water.

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Okay, I know why they did it. It was a cool scene. But still. C’mon.

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Face you give the movie:

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KAREN: I give this movie a smiley face, but kind of a small smile instead of a big grin. If you’re not already a Percy Jackson fan, this probably isn’t the right movie for you, but if you like the books, you’ll enjoy seeing Sea of Monsters come to life on the screen.

NANCY: I’ve decided to give this one a solid big smile! It wasn’t perfect, but like Karen said, you’ll definitely enjoy most of the movie if you like the books. And if you haven’t read the books yet, you should, because reading the Percy Jackson series is like this:

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We attended an advance screening of the movie as guests of Disney Publishing.
We can’t take credit for making any of these images — all taken from the Interwebs!

House of Hades Book Cover!

June 12th, 2013 by

Pssst! Have you heard of this guy named Percy Jackson? I heard he’s a demigod — half god (specifically, his dad is Poseidon), half-human, and all cute*.

Okay, obviously you’ve heard of him, because Rick Riordan’s series Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of the Olympus are EVERYWHERE. And big news: the book cover for the latest installment of the Heroes of Olympus series, House of Hades, was just released!

Check out the cover! Dark. Very dark.

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Bonus! The cover from across the pond in the United Kingdom:

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What do you think of the new cover? Do you like the one from the US or UK better? House of Hades is out on October 8th (that’s only 119 days!). Luckily for us, a crossover Olympus-Kane Chronicles short story is out next week! It’s called The Son of Sobek, and it will only be available as an e-book. Get those tablets ready!

— Nancy

icon_nancy*This might just be just Nancy’s opinion, but c’mon. Look who they cast for the movies. All cute.

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Movie Trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!

April 8th, 2013 by

How excited are we for the next  Percy Jackson movie? Really, really, REALLY excited. For example:

The trailer was posted online, and two seconds later in a chat…
Nancy: [doesn’t bother to say ‘hello;” just links to video]
Karen: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

So here it is!

After you’ve watched it a couple hundred times like us, check out our coverage for the first Percy Jackson movie (karaoke hilarity) and other Percy Jackson love (general hilarity).

— Nancy & Karen

The Battle Of The Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

January 4th, 2013 by

Submitted by greg, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is by far the best book in the whole series of the Percy Jackson and the lightning thief.

Movie News: Percy Jackson Sequel Cast

March 29th, 2012 by

It’s been a while since we raced to the movie theater to watch Logan Lerman — I mean, Percy Jackson go in search of Zeus’ missing lightning bolt. The film version of The Lightning Thief came out in February 2010, over two years ago! So it’s about time that there’s some buzz around the sequel!

Based, of course, on the second book in Rick Riordan’s super popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Sea of Monsters is set to hit theaters March 2013. That’s nothing new.

But I’ll tell you what is new: the actor playing Chiron! Anthony Head is taking over for Pierce Brosnan as the beloved centaur/camp director. What do you think? He looks a bit more clean-cut than Pierce Brosnan did in the first movie, but I hear that Anthony Head has experience dealing with ghouls and demons from his days on Buffy, so I’m open to it!

Anthony Head replaces Pierce Brosnan as Chiron.

In other casting news, Nathan Fillion will play Hermes. He is definitely not the way that I pictured Hermes, but I guess that since Luke is so handsome, it makes sense that since Luke’s father would be good-looking too. Did I say good-looking? I mean great-looking! Har har. Hee hee. Squee.

Nathan Fillion as Hermes. Ruggedly handsome since 1971.

Anyway… Mary Birdsong, Missi Pyle, and Yvette Nicole Brown have also recently been cast, as the Three Fates. No offense to these actresses, given that the Fates don’t always look or behave in an appealing manner, but I think this is awesome casting! I look forward to seeing them torture Logan — I mean, Percy…

Mary Birdsong, Missi Pyle and Yvette Nicole Brown as the Three Fates. Head size will be adjusted for the movie.

Bonus Images: Logan Lerman x3

What do YOU think of this casting? And what are you most excited to see in the upcoming movie? Any particular scene that you just can’t wait to see on the big screen? Leave a comment with your thoughts!

— Karen

Karen decided to hold off for a while before reading The Son of Neptune because Nancy already read it and said it’s frustrating to have for the next Heroes of Olympus book. Sometimes it’s hard to resist. But then Karen reminds herself that the book is huge and heavy! Karen’s lazy, so that helps.

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Happy Winter Solstice!

December 21st, 2010 by

Here in the Northern Hemisphere (where Kidsmomo makes its home), the winter solstice is today. That means that tonight, the North Pole will be tilted as far away from the sun as it possibly can go, and we’ll experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It’s also the official first day of winter.

Now, unlike pretty much EVERYONE ELSE I’ve ever met, I enjoy the winter more than the summer — and I even like the way it gets dark early. Feels cozier to me that way.

But I may have to change my mind, based on what I just read in The Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. In the book, Chiron the centaur offers a much spookier description of today’s big event than anything I learned in science class:

“The winter solstice,” Chiron spoke up, “is also the time of greatest darkness. The gods gather that day, as mortals always have, because there is strength in numbers. The solstice is a day when evil magic is strong. Ancient magic, older than the gods. It is a day when things… stir.”

The way he said it, stirring sounded absolutely sinister — like it should be a first-degree felony, not something you did to cookie dough.

“Okay,” Annabeth said, glaring at the centaur. “Thank you, Captain Sunshine…”

As if Chiron’s warning about the winter solstice isn’t chilling enough, I’m a bit freaked out that I happened to read it on winter solstice day itself! Uh, should I be concerned about what’s coming tonight? Is this a sign?! For now, I’m going to fix myself a cup of hot cocoa and pretend like there’s nothing to worry about. But I just hope I can get to sleep later…

— Karen

Karen tends to have an overactive imagination, so this winter solstice stuff is probably no big deal. Then again, that’s what the protagonist always thinks at the beginning of a horror movie…

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Kidsmomo Podcast #38: “The Boy Who Lived”

December 7th, 2010 by

With the new Deathly Hallows movie finally in theaters, there’s been tons of recent Harry Potter mania around the world. But sadly, no new HP books. [insert wail of despair here]

Luckily, there are other options for devoted Harry fans — and we’ve got them covered in our latest podcast, all about Harry Potter withdrawal. You’ll meet Olive, Percy, Charlie, Sophie, and Josh, plus hear why we’re wild about Harry!

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  • Not just another boy with a wand — aka our mystery book series revealed
  • More magical missions — aka our picks, plus a review from YOU (The Shadows, Percy Jackson, and The Alchemist)
  • Our overwhelming, irresistible, undeniable, extreme, immense, and perhaps excessive love for Harry Potter

Also, don’t forget: next up, we’re celebrating the countdown to 2011 with a special month-long theme dedicated to new beginnings! So check out our New Beginnings booklist. Plus, keep an eye out for a couple KidsmomoMos before the year is done: our review of the new Narnia movie and an interview with the creators of the Joey Fly, Private eye graphic novels!

— Karen and Nancy

Breaking Book News: “Heroes of Olympus” Info

September 18th, 2010 by

Obviously, we love Rick Riordan’s books. Based on the amount we’ve talked about Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles, you’d think we’re a teeny bit obsessed. But you’d be wrong — because we’re actually majorly obsessed. So, of course, we’re super excited to share news about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Heroes of Olympus!

A while back, we heard that Riordan would be writing a PJTO spin-off about a new group of demigods at Camp Half Blood, but we didn’t have any details. Well, this week, Riordan finally spilled some juicy info:

And you can learn even more about the new series on the official website, where you’ll also find… are you ready?… A SNEAK PEEK OF THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawesome!

Can you tell I’m excited? Just a tad? Let me put it this way: I intended to read just a little bit before going to bed last night because I was really, really tired. But once I started, I could not tear my eyes away. And when I got to the last page, I clicked “Next” anyway — even though I knew I had reached the end — because I just wasn’t ready to stop reading. So yeah, you could say I kind of dug it. Kinda.

So… what are you waiting for? Go check out all the goodies at the Heroes of Olympus site! The first book in the series, The Lost Hero, won’t be in stores until October 12th, but at least Riordan’s giving us some entertaining stuff to keep us busy until then. I just wish he’d included a few more chapters. Sigh.

— Karen

Karen once took a quiz to tell her which Percy Jackson character she’d be. The answer was Annabeth Chase. Well, obvi. Because Karen’s wise. Right?

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Character Interviews: (NOT) Welcoming the New Kid

September 11th, 2010 by

The books for our current theme are all about new kids — some of whom don’t exactly get the warmest welcome. Sure, you could luck out like Emily Ebers (in the books by Lisa Yee) and make friends with someone really cool like Millicent Min. Okay, Millicent isn’t exactly “cool,” but she’s really nice.

On the other hand, some of the locals aren’t so nice to the new kids in our books for this theme. And I caught up with some of them to get the inside scoop for Kidsmomo:

“Well, once there was this girl who was just… just… WEIRD. Her clothes didn’t match. I mean, I guess some people would think she’s original and cool, but I thought it was weird. She dressed like it was Halloween every day. It must be a family thing, because her little brother dressed like it was Halloween all the time, too. Maybe they’re just really into Halloween.”

Rosemary

“Word of advice: When you meet the new girl, don’t pull her pigtails and call her ‘Carrots,’ no matter how much you want her to pay attention to you because she’s really cute. Because she’ll hold a grudge for a really, really long time. It might be years before she agrees to be your friend.”

Gilbert Blythe

“I hate when people get in my face. Especially losers. So when a new kid — a big-time loser — gets to camp, I show him who’s boss. I usually grab his scrawny neck and drag him into the bathroom. Then I give a good dunking in the toilet.”

Clarisse La Rue

When asked about the incident with a certain son of Poseidon, Miss La Rue rudely stated the interview was over, tore off her microphone, and hit me in the face with it.

Okay, I didn’t actually interview these characters, obviously. Because they’re fictional. Which is just as well, because I’m pretty sure Clarisse would beat me up. 🙁

— Nancy

After re-imagining an encounter with Clarisse, Nancy decided that she could get a decent punch in. She’s pretty feisty.

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These Books Are a Shoe-In…

July 9th, 2010 by

It’s not unusual to see T-shirts featuring book characters, or otherwise related to books (Team Jacob vs. Team Edward, anyone?). And with the mania over Harry Potter, it’s not even uncommon to see people in kidlit costumes. But are those folks truly dressed in character, from head to toe? They may wear their greasy Snape wigs and Sorting Hats, but are their shoes really authentic?

Well, now crazy zealots — er, I mean, dedicated fans can totally look the part with book-based footwear! Remember how I said I read the websites of other adults who love children’s books? Lately, they’ve spotted a couple different kidlit-inspired shoes — methinks I smell a fashion trend! (“Smell” in the figurative sense, of course; no way I’m sniffing actual shoes.)

First up, Seuss shoes are just what the doctor ordered!

Cat in the Hat -- in Converse!

One Fish Two Fish Red Converse Blue Converse

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Converse, Blue Converse,

There are some other designs too, but these two are my favorites. Unfortunately, they mainly come in baby sizes, but some designs go all the way up to size 12 in girls/boys. Still, that’s a tight squeeze for my huge hoofers. But that’s okay, because these heavenly sneaks come in all sizes:

Adidas Wings 2.0 by Jeremy Scott

Wings 2.0 by Jeremy Scott for Adidas (and for Hermes)

Inspired by ancient mythology, perfect for fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! Although if you’ve read the books, then you know that winged shoes aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be. But still, pretty sweet, right?

I wonder what’s coming next… I could go for a pair of Ranger’s Apprentice slippers that would be comfy and help me walk more quietly than I do now (my shoe repair guy says I’m a heavy walker). What about you? What kind of book-inspired shoes would you want?

And have any of you spotted kidlit kicks? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Forget shoes, Karen is waiting for the day she can buy an Invisibility Cloak. Unlike Harry Potter, she would not use it for good. Muhahaha!
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