The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie review!
by Sasha Alsberg
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, where do I start?
This book has changed many lives in the way it brought forth a mystical and magical world the readers could escape to when they opened the book. The shadow world is a place we all want to live in. To create a movie from this book is a challenge and Harald Zwart (Director) took that challenge, and defiantly succeeded on bringing such a book to life on the big screen.
I myself have been waiting for this movie for over a year now and with such anticipation and hype leading up to this film it’s hard to imagine what flaws or errors it may have. There seem to be two ways a book to movie adaption can go… One it could succeed in the box office and become a major franchise or two, it can flop. Badly. TMI didn’t flop but it did have some room for improvements in future sequels. This movie moved me to tears (in a good way of course). I am a HUGE fan of this book series and I could only hope for the best and the best was sure shown. This movie was beautifully created. I felt as if I was reading the book and the images in my head were coming to life on that movie screen. Well worth the wait, no doubt about that.
I never doubted the casting because I trust that the casting directors know what they are doing, and they did. This cast is FLAWLESS.
Lily Collins played our heroin Clary Fray and I am so proud of Lily. Her films in the past never showed her true potential and City of Bones defiantly did. She was truly spectacular.
Jamie Campbell Bower has had such a hard time with the fans of this series in the past hating on his casting. He was hurt by it, and it was for nothing because Jamie is Jace and that shows even more watching him in City of Bones. Jamie brought Jace to life, the cockiness and all. It was a true joy watching him.
Robert Sheehan took his character Simon Lewis in stride. It was so much fun watching him play Simon because he was just hilarious!
Kevin Zegers was a fantastic Alec Lightwood although I wish we got to see him more in the film but I bet in City of Ashes he will get more screen time (hopefully with Magnus!).
Although we didn’t get to see much of Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood in the previews for City of Bones, trust me on this… She was a badass shadowhunter in City of Bones! I LOVED watching her.
The very talented Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Valentine Morgenstern. Let me just say, wow. I was captivated by his portrayal of Valentine. He was scary good at being the evil mastermind of this movie.
Godfrey Gao is our sexy, flamboyant High Warlock of Brooklyn Magnus Bane. This is Godfreys first American film and for his first American speaking film, I think he did great. He can only do better from here! Although his acting could of been better, he definitely has room for improvement. Ive heard rumors that they “dubbed” his voice… hmm…WHERE WAS HIS SASSINESS?!
The rest of the cast were wonderful, I would go into detail on them but I won’t want to make this review longer then it should be.
This movie blew me away with the way it handled the concepts of the book. There was a subtext to each character that is evident in the film but its not blatantly shown. City of Bones separates itself from other YA films because it is something new and not done before. The romance takes the backseat in this movie because the real problem is Clary finding her mom and discovering her past which was hidden from her. The romance was there between Clace, the greenhouse scene is romantic and HOT! I loved it, well worth the wait besides Demi Lovato belting in the background… Sadly there were a few cringing moments in the film such as the “hand in portal scene”, that was very cheesy and creepy if I may say so myself. Sometimes the romance and sexual tension between Clary and Jace was over done in unnecessary moments. If they lessened that aspect in the movie, it would of taken a more mature aspect to it rather then typical YA stereotype.
The action in this movie was so believable I flinched a few times because I felt as if I was the one getting hit, punched or slammed into a table! Jamie actually preformed his own stunts and they look EPIC!! The ending fight scene was a bit overdone and too long, it would of been better if it was a few minutes shorter. I also with Luke was more in on the action but he seemed a bit preoccupied fighting those demons in the institutes basement.
The humor in this film isn’t overdone or underdone, it is perfectly proportioned and when somebody cracks a joke in the film the audience all laughs (very hard!). At the end of the movie when the “twist” is revealed, everybody in the audience were saying things like “ah hellll nah”, “No, how?!”, “I don’t believe it”, “Seriously?”. Mundanes. My favorite part of this movie was that a lot of the lines from the book were in the movie and that is just so excited to see on the big screen!
In every movie adaption of a book some changes have to be made and although the changes in City of Bones are minimal, some of the scenes from the book are moved around so viewers who didn’t read the book could understand what’s going on in the movie. I have to admit that the ending was the biggest downfall of the movie since it differed so much from the books. Hopefully when they film City of Ashes, they will fix up some of the loose ends left at the end of the movie.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a must see, for all ages. It’s one of a kind. Comparing City of Bones to other franchises its nice, but doesn’t give this movie all the credit it deserves. Didn’t read the book? No worries, you will still love this movie. So go watch it! In theaters now :)
I Rate The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones a 9/10 because the humor and acting was spot on but the cheesy romance moments in the movie really took away from the seriousness of the storyline. AND HODGE WHY DID YOU TELL THEM THEY WERE BRO AND SIS? Not cool but it is a bit understandable to the people who didn’t read the books (mundanes…).