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!
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.
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