Directed by: Thor Freudenthal
OK,, we’ve Met Percy Jackson, the godling son of Poseidon, and the rest of the halfbloods that are also the spawn of the Greek gods, and we’ve learned about the fact that well, what we all thought was myth was in fact real, and we’ve learned about Camp Half-Blood where these young godlings live. Now it is time to really get into their stories, which is what we do this time around when his epic his epic journey to fulfill his destiny continues with his second quest. Yes, in the first film, Percy (Lerman) discovered his immortal heritage and then went on to save Olympus from utter destruction, but lately he is coming to doubt his own abilities (is he a “one Quest wonder”?) he wants to know this as he keeps getting bested in all the camp’s competitions by Clarisse La Rue (Rambin) the daughter of Mars.
When the mystical barrier that surrounds the camp begins to falter (allowing a ferocious mechanical bull onto the grounds to run amuck), he finds himself teaming with his demigod friend — Annabeth (Daddario) and half brother Tyson (Smith) — who happens to be a cyclops — to not only retrieve the Golden Fleece but to rescue his pal Grover (Brandon T. Jackson). They need the Fleece’s healing power in order to revive the protection tree that grew when — some years earlier — Thalia (the daughter of Zeus) sacrificed herself to allow others (including Annabeth) the opportunity to get to the safety of the camp. Zeus then transformed Thalia into a pine tree, which had the power to protect their home and training ground,
Well, it turns out that Luke (Abel) the son of Hermes — who gave Percy so much trouble in the first film — also wants the Fleece in order to resurrect Chronos the father of the gods in order to get back at the halfbloods and the gods themselves. Now it is a race between Percy, Clarisse, and Luke to not only acquire the Fleece, but to finish their own personal quest (either resurrect Chronos or to stop Luke from doing so), plus rescue Grover (who has been kidnapped by Luke), and save (or destroy) camp Halfblood.
Well, like the first film, this movie plays fast and loose with Greek legends while staying true to the myths themselves. Again it is all in good fun, and the effects are well done. We got the feeling that this was sort of a “middle episode” in an on-going storyline (which it is), but that’s fine, as it is an engaging story and told well enough to hold our (adult) attention (even though it is clearly aimed at a younger audience. Having never read the books, we don’t know how well it adheres to that storyline, but we felt that it held up well enough against the initial film. We did, however miss Pierce Brosnan as Mr. Brunner, but Anthony Head did manage to fill in well enough for the missing former 007.
Read a review of Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.