So, I’m sorry I’m so delayed with this post, I know I should’ve gotten to it earlier than this. However, I finally got around to seeing the second Percy Jackson movie. I just heard many negative things about it, although I don’t blame the reviews. The movie was…meh. I’ll got into further detail.
Movie on its own: it was okay. Had some action, gave backstories, and generally speaking it was entertaining. However, I didn’t really enjoy the acting this time around. A lot of it seemed forced. The only person I genuinely enjoyed was Tyson; I think his role was played pretty well. The battles (or I guess I should call them fights?) weren’t all as enticing as I wish they were. I didn’t feel any sense of real danger in any of them.
Alright, now I’ll compare the movie and the novel. Prepare for the many, many scrutinizations ahead!
Okay, so for those who haven’t read the book, I’m really sorry for all of these differences. Please read the books. The movie gives them no justice at all.
Anywho, let’s start with the beginning! In the movie, we’re brought into the story of Thalia’s tree (which was told in the first book). It describes how the tree protects the camp and etc, and then we’re brought back to the right time, and Percy and Clarisse competing to climb this wall first. Percy is summoned to Chiron’s office since Tyson is summoned by Poseidon to come to camp since he’s his son, although he’s a cyclops and considered a monster. Percy is pissy, etc, and then this metal bull comes to camp, which in turn reveals the problem that the barrier is getting weak because Thalia’s tree is poisoned. Luke comes to camp, basically tells Percy he’s all a part of this (once the bull is killed), and then gives him a choice to join him or die. Then he leaves.
Good job on the bull, though. Cool.
How the story really starts: Percy is in school, and that’s where he knows Tyson. He doesn’t know they’re related, but Percy is still friends with him because both of them are outcasts. Tyson doesn’t speak very well, but his main points get across. Then one day playing dodgeball, these giants come to try and kill Percy with them, and Tyson helps protect him. Annabeth comes to the school (with her invisible cap that’s never brought into the movie) and helps kill the giants, and then drags Percy back to camp in the cab with the three sisters with one eye (yes, these ladies were in the movie as well, just at a different point in the plot). Then once they’re at camp they get attacked by the metal bulls (more than one), and Annabeth has to grant Tyson permission into the camp in order to help save Percy. Once inside, there’s a new headmaster (Chiron got blamed for possibly poisoning the tree), and eventually Tyson is claimed by Poseidon.
I already have issues when the movie starts! Tyson didn’t get there like that, Chiron isn’t supposed to be there, where are the chariot races, and Luke doesn’t even go to Percy! AHHHH!!! Luke’s character, ahh!!
In the movie Clarisse is sent to fetch the fleece (same as the book), and Percy goes because he just wants to. But in the book he goes because…hold it…
Grover is in trouble.
In the movie Grover is there the whole time, but no. That’s not the case. Grover actually sets out on a quest for Pan in the end of book one, and the golden fleece radiates that smell that Pan would have, which drives satyrs to the island in the first place. Grover gets there, captured by the Cyclops, and then he sends Percy a basic live feed while Percy is asleep in order to tell him that he’s in trouble and needs help. The only thing keeping him alive is that the cyclops thinks he’s a woman cyclops. Hence: why Grover is wearing a wedding dress in the movie as well. Grover is trapped there much longer than the movie suggested. So, that’s why Percy is going: to save Grover.
Which reminds me, Hermes (Luke’s father, messenger God), goes to Percy and gives him the supplies he’ll need for the quest. This includes the thermos as well as vitamins that will “make you feel more like yourself” which comes in handy later. Hermes also tells Percy to aboard the cruise ship, and Percy doesn’t know Luke is on it.
See the major differences already?
Quick sum up of movie version at this point of the story: Percy finds out what boat Luke is on, travels there by a Hippocampus, and then boards the ship. Which, mind you, is a lot smaller than the cruise ship described in the story.
Yay for pretty hippocampus!
Aboard the ship they get captured pretty quickly, and Luke goes on about the plot of him wanting the fleece to revive Kronos, and just wants Percy to do the work on retrieving it. This, actually, isn’t supposed to be revealed until the end of the story.
They get taken down to the brig, and Percy makes the waves move in order to get the backpack that holds his sword, they get free, go up on the top of the boat, and take the lifeboat to get out. Percy briefly fights Luke (lame for brief), and then rides a wave out. Oh! By the way, this guy is in the movie…
Hey there, buddy! Weren’t you supposed to be in the first one? Yes? Oh, okay.
So, Percy rides a wave out to the lifeboat, they use the thermos to get away fast, and voila.
Brief sum up of what really happened: Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson aboard a cruise ship that Hermes directed them to. They realize something is wrong when the members aboard seem to be in a trance, and eventually they hear Luke’s voice in the distance. As they hide they try to figure out what he’s talking about, and Tyson mimics their voices perfectly in order to translate conversation. They get busted, threatened to be fed to the creature down in the “brig” but Percy escapes at night in a lifeboat with the others. So, I suppose not too many differences here. Except Luke doesn’t spill the beans on his plans. Derp, Luke. Stop being a derp in the movie.
And then…dun dun dun…the sea of monsters!
Movie version: they get sucked into the monster in the lifeboat, they get digested, and that’s where they run into Clarisse and her crew of zombies (totally normal situation). Percy decides to give it a stomach ache by shooting a canon at the edges of the stomach, they burst through, and then they resurface without harm. Then Percy spots the island where the Cyclops is, where there’s an amusement park. (huh?)
Book version (the real one): Percy and the rest run into Clarisse elsewhere (on land, actually, after they fight a hydra), and she lets them aboard her ship as long as they don’t screw with her quest. They enter the sea of monsters (Percy can recognize the coordinates given to him), and they tactfully try to go between the two monsters (one on land–Scylla–that snatches sailors from the ship, and the other–Charybdis– that swallows them up from under the sea). The engine is failing, and Tyson goes down to fix it since he’s the only one who isn’t harmed by fire, and therefore can work on it under the boat. They get out of danger (momentarily), and Percy is picked up by Scylla by his backpack. He slips free after seeing the boat explode (Tyson presumably dead), and gets pulled onto the lifeboat with Clarisse and Annabeth.
Whew! Again, more major differences. I feel like my brain needs a break after typing out all of these things! How’s your brain doing? Is it well?
And another one for fun…
Now to get back on track!
Movie version: Clarisse, Tyson, Grover, and Tyson land on the island of the Cyclops. Which, as said before, is a theme park *cocks head in confusion* why? I don’t…I just don’t…
Anyway, they get to the entrance of the Cyclops’ cave…
They see the fleece on the Cyclops’ shoulder, and they try to distract it as much as they can. I’ll keep it to the point, and eventually they get the fleece. They trap the Cyclops in the cave, Luke shows up and tries to shoot Percy with an arrow, but Tyson takes the blow and falls into the water below. Percy ends up handing Luke the fleece in submission, and Luke puts it on Kronos’ tomb to revive him.
So, prepare to be mind blown if you haven’t read the book. If you have, then already your mind is blown, huh? I know, I know.
Book version: it’s just an island, no amusement park. The fleece is perched on a branch where his sheep (man-eating ones, at that) guard it. Percy and Annabeth reach the cave, and Annabeth puts on her invisible cap to trick the Cyclops into thinking she’s “Nothing.” After trial and error, Clarisse reveals Grover is a satyr, Cyclops gets pissed, they all get free and Tyson snatches the fleece. Once crossing the bridge, the Cyclops falls into the depths only to come back to chase them out to sea. They reach a city (I forget the specific one), and Percy hands Clarisse the fleece to bring back to camp. She leaves with it, alone, and Luke shows up to retrieve it. Seeing it’s not there, Percy tricks him into revealing he was using him to use the fleece on Kronos, which the whole camp overhears through the water message (read the books). All three head back to camp where Chiron is back in the job.
Now, this is different in the movie. Remember how Luke has the fleece now? Yeah…
Kronos is back! For about…erm…eight minutes? Percy slashes through him pretty easily, and he’s sucked back into the tomb.
*me giving an unimpressed look at the screen*
Lame. Oh, and Luke gets killed. He doesn’t get killed in the second book. *cries from such a difference*
Annabeth gets stabbed, dies, but gets healed from the fleece. This also doesn’t happen in the book.
And this is when, finally, the book and movie are the same! HAZA! They bring back the fleece and heal Thalia’s tree, although it heals it too well, since Thalia rises up from the ground, which turns the fate of the prophecy.
Whew! I need some water after typing all that! Percy? Hello? May you bring me some water, please? No? Okay, he’s busy.
Here’s some fun stuff that happened in the book that wasn’t in the movie:
- Percy and Annabeth pass by the island of the Sirens. Annabeth listens to them and ends up swimming to them, but Percy saves her. She did it because if you survive, you’re supposed to be all that much wiser.
- Percy gets turned into a guinea pig. Annabeth saves him, fortunately.
- The chariot races! There were two of them, the first which was attacked by birds, and the second was actually a success.
- Fight with a hydra.
- Tyson builds a really awesome shield for Percy. Percy just wears a watch, presses a button, and wham! Instant shield. Pretty dang awesome.
- Tyson was celebrated at camp, so he finally belongs.
- Chiron and his buddies end up saving Percy from being killed by Luke and his crew. Speaking of Luke…
- It was also in book one, but Luke has a really badass sword. One tip can kill mortals, and the other can kill immortals. Percy’s sword can’t harm any normal person, but Luke’s can. Oh, Luke. You crazy, bastard you.
Extra fun little tidbits for you because I can!
Your sword still isn’t gold, Percy! It’s supposed to be GOLD!!
Hey, Clarisse, what’cha got there? A Tron disc? What’s that doing here?
That’s it for this post! How did you feel about the movie in comparison to the book, or just the movie on its own? Comment below!
Keep on reading!
-S. K. Robitaille