Film Review: The Mortal Instruments, The City of Bones

I went to the Cinema last weekend to watch the new Mortal Instruments film. I liked the book, I wouldn’t read the book again but I did like the book. Well this was the same for the film. This film is the first instalment of the series by Cassandra Clare.

The film is about a girl, Clary, who finds out she is a shadow hunter, which is someone that kills demons.  In the making she metes Jace and they fall in love, like in most chick flicks. There love blossoms as they try to find this cup that makes humans (mundane) into shadow hunters. This cup is one of the Mortal Instruments, hence the title. It is just a chick flick plot with some demons and fighting in it.

Unfortunately the film has changed some major things that were in the book.  One of these things is that in the book one of the cliffhangers that makes you read the next book is that Jace and Clary are actually brother and sister, well are told by Valentine, who is the baddie. They aren’t actually brother and sister it’s just added as more plot and a useful tactic by Valentine, but in the film they added a scene where Hodge, a good guy turn bad turned good guy, tells Valentine that to succeed in his plans he would need to tell Clary and Jace that they were siblings.

Why would you add this? It’s one of the only shocks in the book. It keeps you in tuned. It would have been such a better film if they kept it out, but I know why they did it. Why? It’s because the director thinks that they wont be making another film out of the books. I wouldn’t either, I had to put down the second book it just got too much to bare.

At least the casting was good. All the parts were well played and the characters were believable, but the person who really stood out was Jamie Campbell Bower who played Jace. The performance of the character was amazing and so was his comedic timings. He had me in stitches. If you go to see The Mortal Instruments you will realise that it only works because of how well Jamie playes Jace. He was truely amazing.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone, is a film I enjoyed but not one that I could watch again. It was just too cheesy. If you go to see it you go for the brilliant actors in it, but not for the story. The film does not do the book justice.  Hopefully there will not be another film in this series, if so add more wit into the film, that was the best part of the film. Unfortunately this film was released at the wrong time, and looks like a copycat of Twilight and The Hunger Games. The only good thing I would got out of this film is the amazing style of a Shadowhunter and good old English wit.

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