Movie Review! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.
My general thoughts:
It wasn’t great, but I didn’t fall asleep either so I guess the one plus is that it wasn’t boring? I’m 95% through the first book and there were definitely some differences. Some purists will have a field day ripping it apart. I felt as if it was a extremely rushed in first half. They got to all of the big scenes while cutting out a lot of character development that would allow us to become invested in the cast. Don’t get me wrong, I could have done without some of melodrama we’re subjected to in the books, but I just felt like this cut things down way too much. It’s even harder to buy into Clary and Jace. I think Jace is more appealing in the movie as opposed to the books where I often found him annoying, probably because we’re getting a smaller dose of him here. But I felt no chemistry at all between him and Clary in the film. It felt forced and honestly I laughed at the attempts at romance.
There were other laughs too, but a number of them were probably unintentional. There’s this one scene that feels like the film pays homage to the beginning of the Wesley Snipes’ Blade when he clears out a vampire house set to techno music.
The third act was probably the most entertaining part of the film, but it strays from the book quite a bit in an attempt to cut down running time.
On the plus side, I think it’s better than Twilight’s first film, though admittedly I am not a Twilight fan. I only read the books and then saw the first two movies before tapping out (and no, I don’t think I’m missing out on anything). I also think it is probably better than that disastrous upcoming Vampire Academy movie, though that’s not saying much. The trailer told me all I need to know for that one and really the trailer for Mortal Instruments did as well. There were no surprises in terms of the mood, acting, plot, etc.
The effects were well done, but the demons weren’t how I imagined them in the novel. I feel like they missed out on an extra level of scariness. I would watch the second film if this one grosses enough money to get a sequel. I’m sure it will.
In short, I’ve seen worse book adaptations, but this is far from good even though it was entertaining. Readers of the book should watch it. I’m new to this series so I will be taking my time.