I was finally able to watch “The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones”, and I must say that I am as equally disappointed with the way the film poorly portrayed Cassandra Clare’s amazing work of fiction as the other fans. I remember the excitement that I had when I first heard that one of my favorite novels was going to be made into a movie and I had high hopes for this movie. However, about thirty to forty-minutes into the movie, I was already left disappointed. I know that when it comes to book-to-movie there are things that are always going to be changed for the sake of time or consistency, but there had to have been a better way to convey Clare’s work into this movie! I felt like I was jumping from place to place and nothing was really established, leaving me feeling rather confused. I can’t imagine how viewers who haven’t read Clare’s “The City of Bones” were left feeling after the movie. Like I said, it just bounced from place to place and left me feeling incredibly unsatisfied especially since the character development was lacking. Not just a little bit, but A LOT. We didn’t get to really see Isabelle’s cold side, or any of the cool stuff Magnus Bane can do, we especially didn’t get to see the incredibly important character development of Jace and Clary, nor do we get to see the romantic development between the two. Besides maybe three to four scenes, three of which lasted hardly a minute, there was no real romantic development.
I understand that because of time certain aspects of the book had to be cut out and all, but some of the most important were also left out and I felt that this movie did NOT do Clare’s book justice at all. Not to mention the acting. I was disappointed because they had a mixture of really good acting mixed in with some some sub-par and terrible acting! This also did not help the movie at all. As much as I hate to say this, at least “Twilight” (minus Kristen Stuart and Robert Pattinson) had decent actors and actually managed to capture both the world of Vampires and Werewolves and the love between Bella and Edward. In fact, “Twilight” was able to balance both aspects very nicely and smoothly, whereas “City of Bones” had a “tossed together” and ” overly frantic” feeling. It was way too rushed, way too jumpy, and the majority of the acting was rather sloppy and didn’t contain enough emotion for me to even want to rate this movie past a 1.5 star.
Character Development: 1/10
Special Effects: 8/10 (it lost points on the lack of originality of the demons).
Worth Watching: 0/10