There should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that this movie was designed for those who had read and loved the book, rather than as a movie that could stand on its own. There are gaps in the movie that are filled in the book, so for those people who hate this movie and are dismissing it as Twilight-esque, I encourage you to read the books. I think this movie would be better enjoyed as a companion to the novel. Nonetheless, it was highly exciting and enjoyable and stuck to the original story about as much as could be expected. Some highlights for the movie were the inclusion of some of the funnier lines from the book, which sets the story apart nicely, and Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan who play Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis to perfection. It’s no fantastic, it’s not horrible, it is just what you would expect – a funny, action-packed and enjoyable movie best enjoyed along with the novels rather than as an alternative.
WARNING: If you have only read the first book than I suggest waiting to see this until you have read City of Glass, as they added some major spoilers for some reason!
Many many amazing movies based on Young Adult books have been released in recent years, and hopefully there are many more to come. So I would like to give a brief rundown of what I think about the trailers for some of these movies, and maybe a little about casting and other production elements as well.
So, without further ado….
My review of the trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones!
While it’s pretty evident that some things have been changed from the books, alot of what we have seen of the movie so far looks quite similar and I doubt there will be any incredibly drastic changes from the story. They have included some funny lines as well which I like, as the humour is one thing that sets these books apart from some other YA novels – we can only hope there are plenty more funny lines in the movie itself and they haven’t used them all up in the trailer. All in all I think it looks like a great action-adventure-romance, exactly what a movie based on City of Bones should be.
Here’s a link to the extended trailer if you haven’t seen it yet (or if you just want to watch it again!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGpmp_CUty4
City of Bones is a truly excellent story, combining all sorts of different mythical creatures in one book is a great idea and Clare does it with a great professionalism. It can be very hard in books like this for every character to have depth in them. Quite often there is only a handful of standout characters and the rest are all pretty flat. Not so in this novel. Every single character has a different voice and personality that shines through the pages. Funny, exciting, deep and scary, it’s no wonder this series has met such high acclaim. Recommended for ages 14-17. Contains coarse language, violence, sexual references and mature themes.
View this book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/256683.City_of_Bones
View all information on the movie adaptation: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538403/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1