Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
The son of the Greek god Poseidon and a mortal mother (Logan Lerman) and his best friends (Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson) set off in quest of the legendary Golden Fleece in order to save their haven, Camp Half-Blood. The second movie from Rick Riordan's Harry Potter-clone novels is a considerable improvement on the first (Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, which was pretty good to begin with). A new writer (Mark Guggenheim) and director (Thor Freudenthal) stick closer to the book than the first movie did, while still streamlining and simplifying the plot. The result is an exciting kids' adventure movie and a nifty eye-candy-coated introduction to classical mythology. Anthony Head replaces Pierce Brosnan as the centaur Chiron, and there are cameos from Stanley Tucci as Dionysus and Nathan Fillion as Hermes.