The Mortal Instruments is a series of books by author Cassandra Clare. The first book, "City of Bones", was adapted to film and was released Aug. 21. The film runs for one hundred and thirty minutes and is rated PG-13.To determine whether or not you will like the movie will depend on whether or not you liked the book. I did not like the book. I thought it bit off more than it could chew and the characters were underdeveloped.
Also, it portrayed young adult love as a harlequin romance, which I did not appreciate. So, why did I even bother with the movie? I loved the ideas in the book, and subsequent books. I was interested in seeing if the idea could be better portrayed on screen. For me, it was definitely better on screen. So in this case, the movie was better than the book.
However the movie does have flaws, but they were all flaws that were also present in the novel. The writing in the movie was, for the most part, decent. It was definitely not Oscar worthy, but it had its moments. I wished the writing broke all of the stereotypes; instead at many points during the movie it fell back onto those stereotypes. I really wanted it to be more like Juno and less like Twilight.
The best parts of the movie, in terms of dialogue, were when clever speech or references were used. It also verged on extreme corniness, especially when it came to young adult romance. Please, for goodness sakes writers, break the rules! I’m tired of seeing teenagers caressing each other and calling it love! Also, this movie needs more women kicking butt. There was some, but not enough. I will say though, there was one scene in particular of little, skinny woman beating up and big, bulky, bad guy that I was not expecting. Overall, all of the changes made when being translated from book to movie were good changes. I was not disappointed by the adaptions made.
As for the special effects in this film, the effects and graphics were amazing as they should be considering the continual advances in CGI. The creatures looked legit, gross, and disturbing. Costuming was, for the most part, well done, but the runes (for those of you that have read the book) looked like tattoo accidents rather than signs of power and strength.
Casting, I think, was done the best. I believed they picked the best for the roles, but at some points the acting was flat and not believable. The way the actors and actresses looked for their roles, matched the book well. Finally, the music. The scores for the movie were also predictable. There was the occasional vocal artist when there should have been none. You could not add any more cheese to this movie, it is at maximum capacity in the cheesy department.
So the basic run-down, if the book "City of Bones" was the cheese to your macaroni, then you will not like the movie. If you were less than impressed with the book, you will be mildly entertained by the movie. If you wanted to, I would recommend going to see this movie as a matinée because it is worth about six dollars. Do not pay more to see it.
I know I have an overall negative opinion of this movie, but I am
interested in where they will take it in later films. Hopefully, they will break more rules in the next movie. Do I plan on buying this movie? Maybe when it ends up in the bargain bin, I’ll consider buying it.