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PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS

22 Jan

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Audiences do not have to be too familiar with Greek mythology to keep up with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. The film follows the title character and his friends on another quest to save Olympus from destruction. Percy Jackson is a little older, but not wiser when it comes to dealing with teenage adversity. He feels doubt, loneliness, and does not know how to accept his unbeknownst cyclops brother. Director Thor Freudenthal does a good job taking the source material and highlighting the adolescent lessons of acceptance and confidence along with a very straight forward and fast moving plot. Everything about the film is positive, except the predictability of the story. It looks great and everyone does a good job, but like Zeus himself, audiences know what is going to happen long before the characters do. Percy Jackson’s is not immortal and neither is the second installment of the Rick Riordan’s books.

WORD COUNT: 152

Chuck’s Grade: B

Adma’s Grade: N/A

Perks of Being a Wallflower is a touching film

1 Oct

Strephen Chbosky adapts his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower into a screenplay. Rarely, do we see the novelist directing their own work, but Chbosky is a rare talent that can wear many different hats.

The story is about Charlie (Logan Lerman), a deeply depressed and lonely teen entering his first year in high school where a flamboyant senior, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister Sam (Emma Watson) allow him to tag along and see the world differently.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a fantastic coming of age story. There are a few hints of a few John Hughes, but Chbosky’s voice is original. There are moments the film looks unpolished, but I can forgive these minor things because it was Chbosky’s first film. The strength of the film begins with his powerful and inspiring story, but the heart and soul of the film is the young cast’s performances. Together it makes a very touching film.

Word Count: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: N/A