Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Durand, and Jared Harris
Released on: August 21, 2013 (USA)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
Warning: This review may contain spoilers
It has been a couple of weeks since I saw the movie version of City of Bones and despite what others have said, I found it very underwhelming. True, I never expected the whole movie to follow the book scene by scene but come on! It was definitely NOT the City of Bones that I read prior to the movie. To quote the hubby, “We should not have read the book in the first place.” Yes. Both of us read it. Mind you, hubby does not read a lot of YA but I convinced him to read it before the movie.
Let’s start with the characters. Lily Collins plays Clary perfectly and I think she was the right actress for the job. Believable and pretty much what I thought Clary should look like. I also thought that Robert Sheehan played Simon really well. Although I was a bit disappointed about the change in the whole plot where his character was concerned. I also thought Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Valentine to a T. The only beef that I have with the casting is Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Jace. I just can’t picture him as the sarcastic and sardonic Jace! I really just can’t. No offence to his looks or anything but his acting just came off dry and uninspiring.
Next is the plot. I get that book to movie adaptations don’t follow the book as much as we like it to be so but this was just ridiculous! Everything was just off! From the start to the end, it felt so….flat. This time, hubby and I agreed with the whole movie. It just lacked the excitement that came when I read the book. And I just can’t believe that they changed the story and did not make Simon kill the demon! Please! I thought that was an important plotline that should not have been taken out!
I understand creative freedom but please Hollywood! Make great movies and not OK movies.