This film review is going to be SO difficult to write. Especially without spoilers, it's near impossible. Ok maybe not impossible, but this is going to be all over the place. I think all of us were both nervous and excited for the release of the adaption of Cassandra Clare's best selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Having only finished the last two TMI books this month, I was craving the movie and I needed it to be perfect as did the rest of the massive Shadowhunter fandom. Let me say that the film did have a lot of changes from the book but it was the best book adaption i've seen and it's the freaking best film ever.
To begin I think the cast of this movie couldn't have been better. Believe me, I had my doubts. Especially about Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. But for me I found the casting to be spot on. Each actor and actress portrayed their character so well which was such a special thing to see after being so devoted to the characters in the novel. To be honest it felt like watching friends. Lily Collins was a awesome Clary. I really have no complaints because to me she was Clary from the beginning and I was really pleased with her performance. I also want to point out that she was stronger in the movie then she was in the book which was good.
Jamie was not whom I originally wanted to be cast as Jace but at the end of the day he was perfect for the role. He's actually my current screensaver because despite my original doubts I really liked him as Jace. He captured the whole dicky but loveable filled with arrogance and humour side of Jace but also did a great job with the vulnerable side of him too. Jace is like my love so to me it was really important to be able to love him as much as I do in the books, in the movie. He achieved that and I'm pretty sure Jace's good looks rubbed off on him because he's pretty darn cute.
|The Greenhouse Scene: Clary (Collins) & Jace (Bower)|
Magnus was also so cool but I really would have loved to see a more eccentric side to him but oh well. City of Bones is a very fast moving movie which is understandable because how else are you supposed to fit 400 pages in. It has a lot of action and basically theres something for everyone. Humour, action, romance, and much more. There were great visuals and it was really cool seeing the magic sorta stuff on the big screen. Even without all the comparisons it still a movie that non readers or anyone for that matter can enjoy. But I would recommend having at least read the first 2 novels before seeing it because there are some spoilers and a lack of information. My mom who hadn't read the book was a bit confused and I do wish they went into more detail when talking about the Shadow world. For example, there was no mention of Parabatai.
Somethings that happen in later books happened in the first movie and one major storyline was spoiled. But I can understand why this was done. Some of the changes irked me but they did the best they could and I enjoyed it so much that i've seen it twice now. It was even a bit scary. But one thing I have to get off my chest is that I just wanted to yank the stupid fake plaits out of Valentine's hair, like what the hell!! And Valentine was really abusive...
Bottom line: City of Bones is the best movie i've seen and I think they did a amazing job. I want to see it for a third time. Some were disapointed but my reaction at the end was.
ajeskisdgfgdsgdfndfsloopfd THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE. LET ME SEE IT AGAIN. OMG OMG OMG