Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Movie Review

Mortal Instruments Movie Review

Hey guys, 
I finally made it to see Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I am now ready to share my thoughts on this movie. 

IMDB Story line: Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), 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 (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

The movie starts with Clary constantly drawing a particular image and not understanding where it is coming from. Of Coarse like the typical teenager she defies her mother and goes to the local goth club. She sees Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) kill another person. She screams and no one else can see them. I believe in the book that the kill happened in a closet and not the middle of the club but that’s okay because this first brush with the Shadowhunter world was well done. 

Clary of coarse runs into Jace again while she is at the local coffee house with Simon (Robert Sheehan). I really enjoyed Simon’s character throughout the movie. He really showed his loyalty to Clary very well and your heart broke for him when he did not have his love returned. I thought it was interesting that all that was mentined that his eyes were better after the run in with the vampires but not that he was turning into a vampire. Also his obsession of Isabelle (Jemima West) was not mentioned at all. 

Clary’s mother is snatched and Clary goes bumbling along in the Shadowhunter world trying to find her. We understand that Alec (Kevin Zegers) is in love with Jace but when he throws Clary against the wall and is choking her for mentioning his love of Jace really brought to life the character of Alec. 

Brother Jeremiah! That guy was as creepy on the big screen as he was in the book. Once they realize that Clary had a mental block and needs to be seen by the head warlock in town. I really enjoyed Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao). Magnus was everything I hoped his character to be in more and I look forward to seeing him in the future movies. He was beyond fabulous and his eye make-up rivaled Lafayette from True Blood. 

The fight at the vampire lair was a lot of fun. It made the movie more action packed and added a great element. Seeing the werewolves show up to help was good and made the movie more guy friendly. 

Clary and the gang are betrayed by their mentor, Hodge, when he lets in Valentine to the Institute. Clary returns back to the institute to help the others and get her mother. She brings the werewolves with her and realizes her power of creating runes. Jace and Clary are of coarse devastated to realize they are brother and sister and Valentine is their father. 

Clary wins the battle over Valentine after Jace tries so hard to beat him physically. Her mother is slowly waking up. Clary returns home to repair the damage and uses her power of creating runes to fix the damage in the home. I wonder what happened to Clary and her mother living with Luke in the next book. Oh well. 

My thoughts: 

As you all know I am an avid reader and love to read the book before the movie comes out. I read this series a little while ago so I do not remember every detail. The movie overall was very well done. I really enjoyed it. They had the appropriate comedic responses and the dynamic between Simon and Jace was spot on. 
The action sequences were done well and the vampire fight really made me sit up. I must admit there needed to be a touch of more action before the vampire fight the movie dragged a little but it picked up and set a good pace. 

Magnus Bane was perfectly done and makes me a huge fan! The background story of Clary’s mom was done appropriately and showed the past of Valentine. I feel like they changed a few thing such as the location of the end fight, Luke already being an alpha of a pack, and Jace working with Valentine. While major changes, it did not take away from the movie. Although I do miss them going to the local Chinese place.I believe you can enjoy the movie without reading a book. If you enjoy young adult, I would recommend this to you. 

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