The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Lily Collins stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she realizes that she’s part of a long line of demon-slayers in this Screen Gems adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first book in her series of best-selling novels.
In 2013 pretty much every popular book got turned into a movie. It started with Harry Potter, moved along to Twilight and the Percy Jackson series. Most fans of these books cannot wait until the movies come out and once they do, the die-hard fans are usually sorely disappointed. So when I went out to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, I braced myself for said disappointment.
I am happy to say that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was one of the few book-to-movies that was done (mostly) right. For those who don’t know, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a tale of a girl whose mother hid her away from a world where all of the stories about demons and downworlders are true. When her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrust into this world and goes on a journey to find one of the Mortal Instruments. She is helped by Shadowhunters, also known as demon hunters and Children of the Cup.
Throughout The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, characters fall in love with each other and break each others hearts. There are epic fight scenes against major nasties ranging from vampires (real ones, not the kind that sparkle in the sun) to werewolves to inter dimensional demons. Characters hate each other and argue. Many do their best to keep their skeletons in their respective closets (if they’re not in the closest themselves). All in all, it’s a great story. But the question on every fan of the books minds was: “How will it translate to the silver screen?”
The answer was: great! Like with every book-to-movie, things needed to change, it’s a fact of life and the way The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones did it was fantastic. It was fast paced and full of action. They even kept in most of the cutesy romance stuff that made every fangirl in the audience squeal. There were fight scenes pretty much every other scene that made my jaw drop by the sheer awesomeness! The actors fit the parts almost perfectly. They looked confident during the fight scenes and really looked in love during the romance scenes. Their jokes had me and my friends laughing our butts off in the theater just on delivery alone. There was a ton of subtle acting tips like rolls of the eyes from background characters or blank stares when someone said something stupid.
My only heavy critique on the film was that towards the end it really deviated from the books. The final fight scene was supposed to be a rescue mission on the other side of New York where, for lack of a better phrase, sh** goes down. Skeletons are thrown out of the closest, people are hurt, many characters are dead or halfway there, and the good guys loose in more ways than one. Instead the final fight scene takes is an invasion and everything was wrapped up in a nice little bow. Later on I found out the reason behind this was budget cuts. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones might not make it to the sequel City of Ash. The special effects may have been out of this world and I’m quite sure so was the bill for it. The final fight scene was an invasion of a set that was already made so they wouldn’t have to pay for another set. On top of that, everything was wrapped in a nice bow just in case said sequel wouldn’t happen.
So, I want a sequel. The directors knew what they were doing and the actors know how to entertain. I say everyone needs to go out and see the movie. It didn’t do as well opening week and there’s already talk of not having a sequel. Trust me, people, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and any sequels following is worth it. There’s action, comedy, romance, it really has it all!